SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some students at Thurston High School applied what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world. The business class has partnered with the Conestoga Huts Project.
Students in Luanne Johnson’s Introduction to Business class say they’re excited to get the ball rolling on their project to help promote the Conestoga huts. They say the project makes it easy for them to apply what they’re learning from a textbook. Plus, the project helps a good cause.
On Monday, the class got a taste of what their project will entail.
“Our class is in charge of all the marketing so the brochures, the social media, the donations and fundraising and we’re actually going to like go into businesses and like give them a presentation on it,” said senior Courtney Moore
The class will split up into groups, and focus on business-oriented ways they can help promote the Conestoga huts, an organization that builds huts for the homeless to live in.
“We’ve got a web development, so we’re going to like come up with a website for it. And then we have social media, so that’s Facebook, twitter, maybe like an Instagram if we take pictures throughout the whole thing so that will be fun,” Moore said.
Moore says there will also be a public relations group and those focused on fundraising.
Johnson says she wanted to give students the chance to branch out.
“We’re pretty excited. The kids, I think, are still getting used to the idea that this is a project maybe they hadn’t ever thought about. Right, it’s homeless and a lot them have different ideas about that,” Johnson said.
Johnson says working with the Conestoga huts project is a win-win for students, who get to help make an impact on others and the organization.
“It’s a great organization and it’s hard to find businesses who don’t have all those things already done professionally. And we’re students and so they are willing to let us take their stuff and create these things,” Johnson said.
“I’m a hands-on learner. So to actually be going to a business, even if it’s a nonprofit, and learning the process to making the structures, I think that’s going to help us learn,” said senior Keelea Shaker.
The students’ projects will initially focus on the Conestoga huts fundraising effort in October. A local donor has agreed to match all donations up to $5,000.