Maine students working on a project to use business skills in real life

At Village Elementary School, teachers are showing that you are never too young to start learning how to run a business.

GORHAM, Maine — Fifth graders in the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at Village Elementary School in Gorham are working on a project to learn what it takes to run a business.

Mow’s Munchies came to help.

Gifted and Talented teacher Christine Karcanes was there to experience this opportunity with the students.

“Everyone is making their own food truck, business plan, advertising, using their own recipes and working with fractions,” Karcanes said. “At the end of this project, we’re just getting started, they’ll make a 3D model of their own food truck and present it to their class.”

Mow’s Munchies allows students to take a tour of the food truck, learn some tricks in the kitchen, and give them tips on their own projects.

“My only suggestion to you when starting a truck is to make sure you have something that’s your own,” said Mow’s Munchies owner Kate Dargie. “We have our own homemade Mow’s sauce, you want things that appeal to people that they can’t buy in the store.

The students raved about how good the food was. One student said that his favorite part was turning a raw potato into fresh French fries.

The students had to try the GT program and receive recommendations from the teachers. The program aims to enrich your learning experience through the use of real world scenarios.

What better way to make math come alive for students than by having a food truck come to school?

This is Dargie’s first year with a food truck. What makes her business different is that his business is not only for people but also for pets.

“We have a dog named Mowgli, hence Mow’s Munchies… One of the things we wanted was that we like to take him everywhere and we thought, ‘Wow, there aren’t enough things to do or places to take animals,’ so this started. Dargie said. “We thought, ‘Why don’t we have dog food so that when they hang out with their owners they can also have a tasty treat.'”

The food truck business is working on making homemade dog bones this year.

Dargie challenged the fifth graders to come up with their own burger recipe to cook in their fictional food trucks, and if it’s really good, she’ll put it up on her menu board for everyone to enjoy.

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