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Nevada Union econ class raises funds for cause

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Nevada Union High School’s campus came to life about an hour earlier than normal on the morning of May 23, thanks to the eighth annual Breakfast Sell-a-Thon put on by the Advanced Placement government and economics classes.

The event is designed to provide a learning experience for students. The 40 minute sale of breakfast treats to students and faculty is part of the class final, a multistage project modeled on ABC’s hit reality show “The Apprentice,” in which teams compete in events based on different business models to vie for a high-profile position with Trump Industries.

In Nevada Union’s version, students compete for something equally as valuable: top grades. The groups will be given grades based on ranking, from an A with the top-ranking group to an F for the last-place group.

The project is meant to be a semi-realistic look at capitalism, explained AP government teacher Jeff Dellis.

“Students have spent the majority of the second semester looking at the different aspects of economics,” Dellis said. “The Apprentice project gives the seniors a chance to see some of the concepts they’ve been studying put into practice before they graduate.”

The project is also a fun way to mark the end of the year, Dellis said.

All around the J-Wing quad, students behind booths hocked their breakfast items. One team hopes to capitalize on the bargain-hunting students and offered breakfast burritos and other treats for well below average prices.

Another team took orders to be delivered to customers’ first period classes.

The sell-a-thon supports KARE Crisis Nursery of Nevada County, a local nonprofit daycare that provides a nurturing environment for small children of families in a stressful situation.

“Honestly, I was really stressing the project before the actual sell-a-thon,” said student Miles Baker. “But it actually ended up being really fun. Plus, it’s all to a good cause.”

The economics class was able to raise more than $1,200 for KARE Crisis Nursery.

“We pick a cause as a class and all the proceeds go there,” Dellis said. “We really enjoy doing it and we hope to see everyone again next year.”

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