Kildare's Junior Entrepreneurs shine

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Kildare's Junior Entrepreneurs shine

Liam Queally, MD of Irish Dog Foods, with Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh Junior Entrepreneur student Fahsai NicChonchradh, James Lawless TD, student Didin MacSolamh and teacher Ciara Ward

Some 600 youngsters from primary schools around the county enjoyed a day out at Tayto Park recently to celebrate their achievements in the Junior Entrepreneur programme, sponsored by Irish Dog Foods in Naas.

During the ten-week programme, classes work with local business people to develop one of their ideas.

“The teachers tell us that itis often the less academic students who come up with the business idea,” said Siobhan Gannon of Irish Dog Foods. “And because the jobs that need to be done are so diverse, every single child has a role in making the business idea a reality.”

JEP is a national programme initiated by Kerryman Jerry Kennelly and developed with Mary Immaculate College of Education in Limerick.

Some of the ideas developed by the young Kildare moguls include: A range of Christmas gifts and cards made by Ms Ryan’s class at St Brigid’s NS, Ticknevin; a Friday tuck-shop run by Miss Scully’s class at Killashee Multi-denominational School; Miss Milsom’s class at Hewetson NS, Clane, operated a car wash and sold refreshments to the car owners while their cars were being washed; Mr Grehan’s class at Two Mile House NS made customised hoodies and Ms Ward’s class at Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh made funny face bookmarks.

JEP will run in the 2016/2017 school year and teachers interested in their classes taking part can contact Trea at 045 872701.