Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Out with a bang!

2017 is Bilal's third year doing GaTE marketplace, the fundraiser for Trussville City Schools' Gifted and Talented Education program. And by now, he's a pro. In third grade his waffle business turned a $77 profit for the program, but was a lot of hard work (especially for the moms). The fourth grade guitar pick jewelry was a lot less work during the day of Marketplace, but the $68 profit (after donating the cost of supplies) was a little more modest. This year's product was a bit of a hybrid, some at-home prep and on-site cooking. But quite a successful one. We again capitalized on the human olfactory sense, and it didn't fail us. The business, called 'Wacky Wings', was another hit!  This is one of the ads posted as we entered the lunchroom, where the businesses were set up.








Bilal worked in a partnership with two other classmates, selling chicken wings. The wings were baked at home and transported to the school, along with an induction hotplate, serving supplies, and three different types of sauces: honey barbecue, honey mustard and teriyaki.

Here are the business owners, just before the customers started lining up:


Each sauce was heated in a separate pot, and the wings were tossed in the heated up sauce before being served to the customers. The moms were able to stand behind, while the boys got to work, with minimal supervision.



As soon as the honey barbecue sauce aroma started wafting through the lunchroom, the customers started lining up. Less than one hour later, (including a bidding war for the last two chicken wings, which resulted in them selling for $4 each instead of $1 each), the wings were sold out, with a $82.75 profit to show for it.

So Bilal's third, and final, marketplace came to an end in a good way. Next up, preparing for middle school!

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