Collier High School at Kateri ESY

Collier High School at Kateri ESY
Posted on 08/21/2019
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The students at Collier High School at Kateri have certainly been busy this summer! Students have been hard at work developing their own businesses, maintaining part of the Henry Hudson Trail, working at a local horse farm, and collecting food for Fulfill.

Kateri High School Shark TankAs a part of their financial literacy class, students were asked to come up with their own business idea. Students’ business ideas ranged from customized wheelchairs, to record labels, to beauty products, and kid friendly art studios to name a few. “We had to come up with our name, research government regulations, any competition, and come up with a budget,” explained Marisella. After they developed a business plan, Kateri students presented their businesses to Collier Sharks to get them to invest just like on Shark Tank.

A secondary part of their financial literacy class is the Snack Shack—a strictly non-profit snack business. Students learn about the differences between retail and wholesale pricing and what they would need to charge to make a profit. Kateri students sell their snacks to Collier High School and Middle School students ($0.25 for all snacks except Oreos, which are $0.50). The Snack Shack also teaches students how to run a business, advertise, market their product, and make change from sales.

Many of us may not know that Henry Hudson Trail that we use for biking and walking was once a railroad that was used to transport produce and crops to New York City. As a part service learning part history lesson, students are reading “A short History of the Railroad” by Christian Wolmar to learn about the history of the railroad and pairing it with maintaining part of the current Henry Hudson bike trail in Marlboro, NJ.

horse farmAnother services learning project students are working on takes place at Homestretch, a local rescue horse farm. “We help maintain the horses and donkey, muck the 6 or 7 paddocks, and help landscaping,” explained Lily. “It’s my favorite project ever,” she continued. Students learn responsibility, how to care for other living beings, work ethic, how to work as a team, how to ask for help, and take directions.

Finally, students are continuing their partnership with the Food Emporium in Marlboro and Fulfill (formerly Monmouth County Food Bank) which was started earlier in the school year. Here, students frequently stop in to collect donated items and drop them off at Fulfill. “Fulfill has told us that they love the fact that we collect and drop off donations year round. Many people only think of them during the holidays but people need their help throughout the year,” Ms. Chevalier, Director of Collier High School at Kateri, stated.

With all this great work they are doing, we hope all the students at Collier High School at Kateri get some rest before the school year starts up!