BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
Jones Leadership Academy, JLA, 430 Nebraska, first high school graduating class, hosted a Holiday Expo on the first floor of their school on Saturday, December second. The expo had 32 vendors in which people from the community could purchase items for the upcoming Christmas Holiday.
Angela Rivers, business leader at the school, told The Toledo Journal that the expo was developed by the seniors, at the school, in order to raise funds for items such as senior class rings, caps and gowns, or senior trips. In addition, the students could learn up close, and personal, how businesses function. In addition, they too would participate in the selling of items.
On Monday, she said, they would analyze their experience, as well as those vendors who made up the expo.
“JLA is a business, and entrepreneurship school, and today’s expo will give them the opportunity to learn about direct selling, entrepreneurship, and competitive advantages,” Ms. Rivers said.
Latoria Webb, and Robert Royster are seniors at JLA, and both, one day, want to own a business.
“So far, I’ve learned that my communication skills really have to be developed in order to operate a successful business,” Latoria said.
“Today, I’m learning about the skills I need to be a successful music producer,” Robert said.
Although the expo was the brain child of the seniors at JLA, the juniors also participated in the expo. A group of them operated a table that served hot food, such as “Walking Tacos.”
Arionn Witcher, junior class president, said, “One of the things we’ve discovered today is, selling hot food is a better money making project then just selling candy, or chips.”
Saige Williams said, “We’re learning how businesses function on a day to day basis, and we’re seeing the importance of establishing connections, as well as keeping those connections.”