sidbourne – On Thursday, December 22nd, 133 students from grades 1 to 3 at the Rutger Koplandschool (St. VO Eemsdelta) in Siddeburen gave Christmas packages to Food Bank Midden-Groningen and Eemsdelta. The contents of the packages are chosen by the students themselves and earned together. The Society of Promising Benefactors helped students with small loans.
What could be better than to mean something to someone else at Christmas? “It’s nice, madam, because then you really do something!” is one of the reactions teacher Dede Bigger received from her students in response to the Christmas hold-up. The Food Bank is also very excited. Pijpker, the initiator of the project, wanted to introduce her students to entrepreneurship. And they succeeded: with financial support from promising residents of Groningen, the school received a small credit of €4.00 for each participating pupil, for a total of €532.00. The students allowed this initial amount to grow to less than €3,000 in three days by doing housework, baking cookies, and so on. Thanks to the money, the students were able to give no fewer than 110 Christmas packages to the Groningen Central Food Bank!
The food bank
“There are more children in the center of Groningen who go to the food bank than there are children in this school,” Benno Moneke, head of the Central Groningen Food Bank, told the students. The volunteers are therefore very happy with the Christmas packages: “This way we have extra stock until March!” The boxes were presented by Bonsema Packaging and BS Verpakkingen BV. When filling out the boxes, the students consciously took into account different target groups, such as: single people, families with young children, and the elderly. Some boxes contain toys and baby food, while others are filled with bread rolls and sausages. The students were clearly touched by Beno Munneke’s story of his work as a volunteer at the Food Bank.
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The parcels were ceremoniously presented to volunteers from the Food Bank on Thursday, December 22nd. Two days ago, on Tuesday, December 20, regional entrepreneurs and volunteers from the Food Bank gave guest talks. Students also received lessons about microcredit from their teachers and received suggestions for expanding the starting budget. Subsequently, groups (small companies) were formed with such colorful names as “Honky Tonky’s”, “De 3 Biggetjes” and “Ghost Busters”. All kinds of profitable activities: from baking and selling shortbread to hauling in empty bottles, vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher and making wooden Christmas trees are developed in the SSPB’s workshop in Sappemeer (training company Praktijkcentrum Bouw). One of the guest lectures was given by a former student of the Rutger Copeland School: Tamara Ziegelstra, owner of the Klaver Vier cafeteria in Wagenborgen. “I couldn’t bake French fries yet,” she says, but she still jumped at the opportunity to start her own business with both hands. Never regretted it. Soon a second cafeteria will open in Delphizel. “If this is your business, then it is also your responsibility. But you have a lot of freedom,” says Tamara. At the end of the morning, one of the students is still thinking about her presentation: “Maybe I will open my own restaurant later.”
Learn to do business at a young age
“Unfortunately, the girl was unable to participate because she was ill, and she was crying,” says Dede Bigger. Then she texted her entire family and asked for a donation, and she finally got €100! I noticed that the project gave the students a sense of responsibility. The trick too. Two students bought cakes from the supermarket, which were all glazed and decorated with chocolate sprinkles, and they sold for €1.50 each. They went like this! It is very important to learn how to be an entrepreneur at a young age – there are many opportunities to make money if you are looking forward to it. “I wish I was taught about entrepreneurship in school,” sighs Bigker. Successful and win-win situation!
Association of promising Groningen residents
The “Entrepreneurship Program” for promising residents of Groningen is part of four program lines (ICT/Technology/Entrepreneurship/Talent, Career and Ambition/Work in the Region) that are offered across an entire school generation. With the knowledge, skills and experience gained by teachers/teachers, these components can be included in the schools’ regular programmes. The ultimate goal is that all 17,500 students from the district have 100% chances in the job market. The Entrepreneurship Program is made possible by resources from the National Program Groningen.