Mr. Sullivan’s grade 6/7 class at Rock City School explored the entrepreneurial process and benefitted NRGH in the process.
Mr. Lonny Sullivan teaches an energetic grade 6/7 split class at Rock City Elementary School. As part of his curriculum each year, the class develops and executes a business plan with a social enterprise component that sees 10% of profits donated to a charity that benefits the community as a whole. This year the class chose to donate their 10%, or $125, to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation which, in turn, will benefit Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
The children developed individual business plans that included merchandising, marketing, and bookkeeping. The group was mentored by Jordon Reems and Julie Broad and sold products such as used Pokémon and hockey cards, Tiger Bars, and Rainbow Loom bracelets. When Amber Adams, of the Hospital Foundation, dropped by to receive the donation she asked the class how many kids were born at NRGH, 20 of the 27 children put up their hands, demonstrating the impact of the local hospital. In a democratic vote that reflected the possible health needs of each student, the class elected to divide their donation three ways; the Emergency Department, the Paediatric Unit, and the new Operating Rooms Campaign will each receive help as a result of the class’s hard work.