Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Dragon Alum Highlights Community Deeds In San Marcos

(Texas State University- San Marcos, San Marcos, TX)- Beginning September 13, 2011, Texas State University student and member of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, Aaron Perkins (pictured left), alternated between visiting Crockett Elementary School and Mendez Elementary School every Monday and Friday from September 13 until November 11 to teach Ms. Butler’s gifted-talented fourth grade classes about business principles and entrepreneurship. Aaron Perkins graduated from Southlake Carroll High School in 2008 and has effectively reached out to the local area surrounding Texas State University.

The project, entitled Free Enterprise Education Development (F.E.E.D.), taught the fourth grade students about free market economic concepts such as loans, interest, and finances. Specific finance lessons dealt with creating financial records in order to build on common entrepreneurship practices and business principles. Other lessons focused on how a business is initiated and how sales are used to contribute to expenses and dividends. Following the Monday lesson, the elementary students worked alongside SIFE students to run a school store during lunch on Friday. This outreach project encouraged creativity, free enterprise, and fundamental knowledge for the children’s future. At the end of the semester, these lessons are culminated in a Free Enterprise Extravaganza where all the participating F.E.E.D schools participate in a day long Free Enterprise City. This helps further drive the free market economic concepts for the talented, young students.

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global, non-profit organization that is literally changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries.SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Texas State SIFE is one of the leading collegiate teams within the United States. SIFE has been helping others achieve their dreams through free enterprise education for more than 25 years. Today SIFE is the world’s preeminent and largest university-based free enterprise organization.

For additional information, please contact: Vicki West, Sam Walton Fellow in Free Enterprise 512-245-3224, vw03@txstate.edu, or Lauren Roig, President, lr1187@txstate.edu -Texas State University.  Visit www.sife.org or www.business.txstate.edu/sife for additional information on the national and local organizations. My contact, Aaron Perkins, is cell 817-798-2799 email ap1509@txstate.edu.