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Monday 15 September 2014

Pupils' cookies are a sweet deal

Published 13/05/2014 | 05:38

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Aoife Harris, Danny Ryan and Nancy Roberts.

BUDDING YOUNG entrepreneurs at Glynn NS came up with a sweet idea to lure in customers by making customised cookies which were snapped up in the hundreds last week.

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The 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils presented their great idea at a Junior Entrepreneur county showcase event in Carlow on Friday, having participated in a ten week programme under the guidance of teacher Padraig Cronin.

At the start of the programme the students put forward their ideas in a Dragon's Den style competition, having received advice from a number of local entrepreneurs.

Teacher Eileen Cronin said, 'They decided to go ahead with customised cookies and Martin O'Brien from Mullicháin Café in St Mulllins spoke to the pupils about the challenges of running a business and gave them some advice.'

Over the following weeks the pupils developed their product which involved writing the name or initials of the customer on the cookie in icing.

'There was a lot of teamwork involved and the students learned about sales, marketing, storytelling and finance.'

On Thursday afternoon the pupils held a showcase at the school which was attended by parents and family members who viewed a slideshow detailing the work the pupils had undertaken.

Everyone had the opportunity to purchase the delicious cookies and a film crew from Netwatch in Carlow recorded the showcase event.

Ms Cronin said: 'The success of the products was evident as hundreds were sold in a short space of time and more orders have been taken since.'

The savvy Glynn pupils will give some of their profits to Gahan's Nursing Home, Graignamanagh.

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