The SLP 2013-14 school year is coming to a close. At this time of the year we like to take time to both recognize and celebrate the achievements of our hard working students. Last Thursday, many of our students began the festivities by attending the HCYA Home School Gala (see super cute pictures below). The (legendary) Boys Lock-in will be held on May 23rd at SLP while the (epic) Girls Lock-in will also be on May 23rd at Mrs. Mirza’s home. The SLP faculty has been finalizing details for our End of the Year SLP Field Trip. Stay tuned for details. Our student clubs have been busy as well as they are working on the Yearbook, End of the Year Video, Toastmaster speeches, and End of the Year Awards Ceremony presentations.
Earlier this year SLP was very excited to announce our Entrepreneurial Forum. In addition to recruiting some fantastic speakers, our students have worked hard to investigate the process of creating a business. So what have we learned so far?
Well…. The Soap business didn’t pan out, but was an awesome learning opportunity! Although our students created some wonderfully scented soap (bubble gum), they discovered that selling soap comes with a liability...AND with liability comes the necessity of one expensive insurance policy. Though disheartened at first, the students gained a valuable life experience of trial and error. As many of our speakers told us, success usually comes after failure and so we are on to the next opportunity.
As of now we are discussing a T-Shirt business! Let us know if you have any valuable experience in the retail business that you may want to contribute to our cause. We have some great t-shirt ideas and are working on a business model that we will present in an upcoming blog post. Ruth, Kinley, Matisen and Danielle researched copyright laws and created a T-shirt for Mr. Appelbaum to sell to preschool teachers at his seminars. The t-shirt reads “Preschool Teacher… What’s Your Super Power?” We are in the process of filing a copyright to the phrase and shirt.
Big congratulations to Danielle and Matisen for earning Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do. These girls can really kick butt! Danielle, Matisen, Hannah and Karis have enrolled in a volleyball clinic to prepare for the 2014-15 HCYA Volleyball season.
One of our best artists, Ruth, has created an amazing work of pencil art at the Artist Alliance. We are hoping she will unveil it to all soon.
*cough*endoftheyearceremony*cough*, ahem. Excuse me.
Lauren auditioned for the Disney on Ice Company with aspirations to someday be hired to travel and skate. Wouldn’t she make a great Olaf on ice? Keep working hard Lauren!
Ryan was outstanding as Mr. Collins in the play, Pride and Prejudice, for the Fort Bend Theatre. What’s next superstar? We can’t wait to see you in action again. Alec has also progressed with his acting career by auditioning for some very impressive parts including roles for Disney and Nickelodeon! Alec has introduced a strategic card game called Vanguard that has become popular with the boys during break time.
SLP would like to thank Mrs. Petty and Lauren for bringing an excellent guest speaker to SLP’s Entrepreneur’s Forum. Patty Larkin is the owner of Houston Skate and Dance. Mrs. Larkin was an ice skater in her youth. In college she was educated in Medical Prosthetics and Orthotics. It was interesting to hear her story about how she found her way back to skating after college by utilizing her knowledge of Prosthetics and Orthotics when assisting skaters in purchasing the proper skate boots for their specific needs. Mrs. Larkin shared that it is important to find your passion and make it your life long journey. One of the best lines that stood out to us was, “Work like you own the business”. She shared that when she was young she worked at skate shops in the winter months and in swim shops in the summer months. There were in-between months that she needed to work while she waited for the next season to begin. She realized at an early age that stores started laying off employees when the season was coming to a close. Mrs. Larkin would begin to do extra work. She would clean shelves, file, organize, sweep or whatever she could. She would look at the shop as if she owned it and decide what needed to be done. She would do it without being asked and the owners took notice to the point where employees who worked there longer than her would get laid off. Mrs. Larkin was asked to stay because she did the unexpected. She figured out the difference between good and great by making the extra effort.
It's always wonderful hearing about success that "grown ups" have experienced and learning from the paths they have taken is invaluable. However, the sense of inspiration reaches a whole other level when it comes from a peer. SLP would like to thank the Stoke’s family for inviting Kinley’s 14 year old cousin, Trace, to be a guest speaker for the SLP Entrepreneurial Forum. Trace Howard is a successful entrepreneur, and he delivered a great presentation to show us that you don’t have to be "old" to be successful.
Trace is a self-proclaimed snow cone fanatic and decided he wanted to open his own snow cone stand in Fort Worth, Tx. He began researching to find the answers to these questions:
Trace was serious, and his parents decided to help him. He used his research to raise funds from investors (mostly his family and grandparents). Trace and his father purchased a flatbed trailer. They built the snow cone stand according to the specs that would pass health code inspections. They designed the stand for both walking and drive through customers. We were surprised to learn that it took Trace and his family 362 days to start the business. He shared with SLP that the electrician and inspections for the permanent electrical pole slowed the process down the most.
Trace has learned a lot in his past two years of being an entrepreneur:
If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and craving a refreshing treat, check out Snow Exciting! Also be sure to visit their Facebook page and “LIKE” Snow Exciting !!!!
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