Following the most successful Shark Tank project in Stagg High School history, Entrepreneurship students donated $1,440 to PAWS Tinley Park.
Two groups of students participated in a business development project similar to the television show Shark Tank where they developed a business idea, presented a business plan to potential investors and then carried out their plan. Superintendent Dr. James Gay, Director of Communications Carla Erdey, Associate Principal Dr. Ian MacLeod and Division Chair Craig Ebel were the Sharks who green-lighted both projects.
One team resold Andy's Custard during lunch periods. The team brokered a deal with the owner of Andy's Custard to secure the product at a reduced price and then sold it to fellow students during lunch periods.
Another team created cotton candy from Jolly Ranchers using a machine available at local retailers. They sold their product during lunch periods, as well.
After paying back the initial investment in their ideas, the two groups raised $1,440 in profits which were donated to PAWS Tinley Park, a charity the students agreed upon supporting.
Today, teacher Sandy Kuypers and Superintendent Dr. James Gay presented the check to PAWS' Treasurer Peggy Grimm along with a picture of the students and a banner they had customers sign to show their support for the animal shelter.