There was a flurry of activity in Manhattan Country School’s lobby Friday during the grand opening of La Tienda, the school store operated each year by the 8-9s class. Every Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., from January and May, students can purchase a host of school supplies from the store, including memo pads, pens, pencils, erasers and bookmarks.
La Tienda is an opportunity for 8-9s students to develop their math, negotiating, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Each decision about the store, from what to sell, to how to advertise it, to how much to charge, is made as a group. The 8-9s students also learn how to recognize coin values and develop strategies for making change. Inventory is taken on a weekly basis and profits are calculated and tracked on a graph in the 8-9s classroom.
Last year’s 8-9s class sold every item in their inventory and made a profit of $486.54. A small portion of the money was used to fund a party for the class. The remainder was donated to four charities—the ACLU, Single Stop, St. John’s Place and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.