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Clarkson Business Students to Run Day Camp for Local Children During K-12 Breaks
By Laurel Moczydlowski '11 (The Clarkson School '08)
A few months ago, 95 first-year students in Clarkson University's School of Business were assigned the task of forming a company and convincing four investors to invest in it. Twenty-two of those students formed a company known as GEO (Golden Entrepreneurs Organization), which created two businesses: the Clarkson Cinema, a student-run movie theater on campus, and the Golden Bears Activities Camp.
The day camp will kick off during the local K-12 schools' winter break next month and the Clarkson students are hoping to get a good response from local parents who would like something for their children to do over the break.
The first camp session will be held February 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Hall, with extended hour options for working parents from 8-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. A second session will be held April 14-18. Children must be 8 to 13 years of age to attend the camp.
The days' activities will range from sports-related games to team building exercises -- all provided by Dan Davis, Clarkson's wellness director. The camp will be supervised by the Clarkson students with assistance from Davis and Mike Britton, Potsdam Elementary School gym teacher.
This project is a great reflection of the Clarkson approach to educating the next generation of business leaders, says Michael E. Wasserman, associate dean of the School of Business and one of the faculty teaching the course. "The community benefits from a much-needed service at a reasonable price, during what can be a challenging time for working families. And of course, the students running this project are getting great hands-on managerial experience -- they are learning about the entire process of creating a business, including managing finances, marketing, understanding legal responsibilities, negotiating with suppliers, and managing risk. I hope the community rallies around this project and supports this great idea!"
After the two camp sessions are complete, the Clarkson students will donate all profits to the Potsdam Neighborhood Center. The center is dedicated to helping out individuals and families that don't have the means to survive. Its services include a food pantry, helping to pay for shelter and utility bills, providing shelter for those in need of it, and more. The students felt that donating all proceeds to this organization was the best way to support the community, along with spending time with the local children.
Having active children myself, I am aware of the need for a safe place to send your children for a few hours to burn off some energy, says Marc S. Compeau, the other faculty member teaching the course. "It has been amazing to watch these young business leaders uncover all of the details that most experienced entrepreneurs would have overlooked. I am confident this business venture will be a huge success and make a lasting impact on the Potsdam Neighborhood Center."
Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.