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The Carthage Press
  • Haunted gingerbread houses teach economic concepts

  • We've heard of gingerbread houses around Christmas and haunted houses around Halloween.
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  • We've heard of gingerbread houses around Christmas and haunted houses around Halloween.
    Mark Twain Elementary fourth grade students spent the past week using gingerbread haunted houses to learn the concepts of American free enterprise from students in the Carthage High School Future Business Leaders of America, of FBLA club.
    The top four fourth grade teams took their pitches to their peers on Monday as they showed off their colorful, spooky homes and talked up their good points in an assembly at Mark Twain.
    Emmalee Smith, a junior with the FBLA, said the goal of the project was to teach the fourth graders the concepts of supply and demand, marketing and other economic principals.
    It also gave the high school students a chance to be teachers for a few days.
    “It's rewarding to see that they've learned what you want them to learn,” Smith said. “And they're having fun doing it.”
    Smith said the FBLA students started this project last Tuesday by teaching the concepts of free enterprise.
    She said last year the students built and marketed robots, but this year they decided to take advantage of the season and build something spooky.
    While the results looked more tasty than spooky, the students were learning as they had fun.
    The top four teams made their presentations and the judging was based on the applause from the audience at the assembly.

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