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Students create brochures for local businesses, groups PDF Print E-mail

A new program recently took place at the St. Germain Elementary School in which students spent several weeks creating brochures to assist in the marketing and promotion of local businesses.

“This community is so good to the school and offers us so much support that we wanted to give something back,” said teacher Mark Deditz. He continued, “The program is called a “super place for learning amazing things,” more commonly called SPLAT.” 

“The project was a six-week, hands-on, learning ex­perience with 40 students working directly with 10 service clubs and businesses from St. Germain,” said Deditz. “The task was to create a brochure which could be used to advertise what the organizations are all about.”

The program culminated Nov. 2 with students in groups of four presenting the finished brochures to the participating organizations.

The participants included Plum Lake Library, Knockers Restaurant, Paul’s Rent-All, Earth Sense Energy Systems, Eliason Realty, First National Bank, Moon Beach Camp, Camp’s SuperValu, Women’s Service Club of St. Germain and St. Germain’s Chamber of Commerce.

The students met for 30 minutes once a week for six weeks to interview their business or service club representative.

In that time, the students learned what the organization or business does, what it is known for and what it would like to tell recipients in the brochures.

“I was surprised by the questions,” said Shelly Hodkiewicz of Knockers Pizza Co. “When they were looking for things to tell the community about our business, they wanted to know if we were involved in any charitable work and if we had video games for younger clientele to play while at our restaurant.

“I found it interesting that reaching out to the community through charitable work was something children in grades three, four and five would think was important,” Hodkiewicz concluded.

“These kids have tremendous ability as graphic artists and were searching the Web to gather and present information about our businesses,” explained Paul Lofy of Earth Sense Energy in Sayner. “They chose font styles and colors as well as placed graphics to create the brochures.”

David Weber of Camp’s remarked, “The kids are truly amazing and were working as teammates with Publisher to create the finished brochures.”

Principal Gayle Daniel explained that SPLAT was a name the students had chosen for the enrichment program.

“In the past the program was known as power hour, but letting students choose the name gives them a greater sense of ownership,” said Daniel.

“I would definitely help at the school again,” said Rose Futrell.

Each of the student teams offered a printed thank you to their business or service club. 


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:15 PM

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