Holy Family National School students giving back to community

Vlad and Michelle, pupils from Holy Family National School, Ennis, present a share of the profits raised from their Jessies project to Joanne Perill of ClareCare. Ms Faherty’s class produced Christmas candy canes and sold them in the lead up to Christmas. Also pictured are resource teacher David Moroney, left, and Holy Family National School principal, Hugh Connolly, right. Pic: Natasha Barton

PUPILS from Holy Family National School, Ennis, were this week giving back to the community when they presented a cheque for €572 to local charity, Clarecare.

A portion of the profits from the sale of their Jessies project, Christmas Candy Canes, was accepted by Joanne Perill on behalf of Clarecare at the Holy Family National School. 

The Jessies (Jack Slattery Schools Entrepreneurs) are up and running in 14 schools around Clare, incorporating 20 projects and involving more than 700 students. 

Pupils are working hard on getting their products market-ready, with some, such as those at Holy Family National School, getting ahead of the game and hitting the Christmas market.  

The programme is aimed towards primary schools’ fifth and sixth classes, allowing the pupils and their teachers the freedom to create and manage their own business at their own pace, while updating their progress via an online blog. 

It will culminate in a Showcase Day in April 2019, where all of the classrooms will come together to share their experiences, while being recognised by The Clare People

During the course of the school year, classroom visits by entrepreneurs in a Dragons’ Den format take place and a host of fun activities culminate in the classroom creating, promoting and selling products to market.

As part of their Jessies projects, all schools are being offered the opportunity to run a free advertisement in The Clare People. These ads will be designed by the students themselves. 

The Jessies have been devised by The Clare People newspaper, project co-ordinator Tom Glynn, with guidance from Ennis CBS teacher Colm Davoren. 

This unique entrepreneurial programme will be funded entirely by Ennis native and Clare People owner Domhnal Slattery. It is named in memory of his late father, who operated a vegetable shop in the Market in Ennis.

Schools wishing to take advantage of an advertisement for their sale day or to promote their product should contact Tom Glynn or The Clare People.

The following schools are participating in the Jessies for 2019-2020;  Holy Family Ennis, Feakle National School, Quin Dangan National School, Ennis CBS, Doora National School, Kilrush National School, Knockanean National School, Gaelscoil Ennis, Kilkee National School, Kilmurry National School, Ennis National School, Kilmurry National School, Ballyea National School, Inagh National School and Kilkishen National School.

With over 20 classrooms taking part in the programme over the coming months, it promises to be a busy time for teachers and students.

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