Community Spotlight: Academy @ Shawnee/Nkosi Partnership
Picture this: forty or so sixth graders set up at different tables to pitch a business idea to a group of adults – complete with financials, marketing collateral, and of course, the product.
That was the scene at the Heine Brothers’ headquarters when students from the Academy @ Shawnee’s middle school shared their partnership proposal with the Heine Brothers’ executive team and Elizabeth Kizito of Kizito Cookies.
As part of the proposal, Heine Brothers’ shops will carry bright, colorful bracelets handmade by the Johnson Nkosi Memorial Primary School in Uganda, a school the students at the Academy @ Shawnee have been writing letters to. The hope is that the proceeds will benefit both schools.
What started out as a pen pal relationship between the two groups of students quickly developed into a long-term project. When the Louisville students learned about the struggles their Ugandan friends have gone through to be able to attend school, they wanted to do more.
The presentations at Heine Brothers’ were a culmination of a six week social studies project that included learning about the African school and their peer students there. In addition to getting some real-world experience in finance and marketing, the Shawnee students are also making a real difference to their school community, as well as the one on the other side of the world.
Once presentations were made, students were given feedback from their teachers and the Heine Brothers’ team. Later Mike Mays, Heine Brothers’ President and Co-Owner, talked to the students about running a business, about Heine Brothers’ mission and about the coffee trade.
You can get your own beaded bracelet, in many assorted colors, at any of our stores for $5 each!