Real-world skills learning was on display last Thursday as Asheville Middle School hosted its first ever Shark Tank event. This innovative project-based learning program brought together local business leaders and student entrepreneurs in an effort to show students what it takes to be a business owner.
Making The Pitch
There were four sessions held throughout the day where teams of students would pitch their ideas, products and services to a panel of volunteer business leaders who would then deliberate and decide which services to invest in. Students presented everything from greeting-card writing services to a fully water-proof wallet made of duct-tape. Creativity and ingenuity were on full display and it was fantastic to see both students and adults engage with each other throughout the course of the event.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County would like to thank 7th Grade Teacher, XX Portugal for reaching out and inviting us to participate in this one-of-a-kind event. In addition, we thank Ms. Portugal for her hard work and tenacity in making Shark Tank at Asheville Middle School a reality — it was obvious to all who were there that this was a labor of love! We would also like to thank United Way's Tocqueville and Peaks Society members for taking time out of their busy schedules to help create this amazing opportunity for Asheville Middle School students — your real-world experience made this event authentic and went a long way in demonstrating to students that running their own businesses is a future they can achieve — if they're willing to work hard for it!