Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment
Subject Areas: nutrition,
home economics, business, art
Purpose: to provide a
relevant business/fund-raising experience for
V. Lewis and J. Boyle
- Students will choose between possible fund-raisers
and conduct all activities:
- Manage concessions:
decide what items will be sold in various
meetings/activities; these items can range from cigarettes and
pop to hamburgers and fry bread
obtain permission from the organizations involved
identify dates; advertise
manage the budget; keep financial records
cook, serve, and clean
restock and reorder.
- Sell t-shirts:
use profits from popcorn sales to purchase
T-shirts from a wholesaler; order early to ensure delivery on
determine an appropriate price; sell during
the spring carnival.
- Hold an auction:
select items to be auctioned, either commercial,
homemade, or solicited from individuals, businesses, organizations
(items might be baked goods, dishes such as moose, dried or smoked
fish, artwork, vehicles, radios, clothes, etc.)
set up an accounting system; conduct the auction;
sell refreshments; clean up
hold in conjunction with other activities
(movies, bingo, etc.).
- Hold a raffle (request of local retailers donation
of raffle item):
set ticket prices, sell tickets, keep track
- stores in the community
- school food supplies
- food stores that ship to the Bush (e.g., Prairie
Market in Anchorage)
- for T-shirt project: Velva Sheen Manufacturing
- Develop the enterprise into catering organization,
store, bakery, etc.
- The activity might be a part of a large fund-raising
drive or an individual one-time activity.
- For T-shirt project, have students design a logo:
use indigenous designs and the native language
be sure to make instructions to the printer
concentrate on improving village spirit rather
than on profit.