Local teacher brings children’s trade fair to Winston-Salem

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Little kids with big dreams will fill Kaleideum North on February 26, for Winston-Salem’s first-ever children’s trade fair. The fair is a program organized by the Acton Academy, an international organization dedicated to student-led learning. Happy Bell-Wiatrek has just opened its own academy, called Expedition, for students in the Winston-Salem area. She said that after 27 years of teaching in public and private schools, she couldn’t help but think about what else could be offered to the children they don’t receive, which is different from the model traditional school. The school format is different for this reason, focusing on project-based learning. Bell-Wiatrek said seeing her “heroes” dive into a six-week “quest” of entrepreneurial skills inspired her to provide the opportunity for more Triad children. open it up to all young entrepreneurs because they are our leaders of tomorrow,” she said. “It’s just remarkable what they’ve come up with. Some of them have been to multiple fairs, so I’m excited to see what our community has to contribute to this.” The age of the participants ranges from 6 to 14 years old and their business ideas are also ubiquitous. Bell-Wiatrek said the real-world experience would be incredibly beneficial for these kids, testing their marketing strategies and profit margin calculations. “I couldn’t imagine doing this myself when I was 6 or 10 and it’s one of the magical things about being here,” she said. “The freedom to allow children to show you what they are capable of. Because, let me tell you, they are far more capable than any adult will ever allow them.” , February 26, at Kaleideum North on Hanes Mill Road. You can find more information at www.childrensbusinessfair.org/northcarolina-acton. This is part of a series by Jackie Pascale, featuring local children and their businesses leading up to the Children’s Trade Fair on February 26th. Look for his stories on weekday mornings on WXII from 5 to 7 a.m.

Little kids with big dreams will fill Kaleideum North on February 26, for Winston-Salem’s first-ever children’s trade fair.

The fair is a program organized by the Acton Academy, an international organization dedicated to student-led learning.

Happy Bell-Wiatrek has just opened its own academy, called Expedition, for students in the Winston-Salem area. She said that after 27 years of teaching in public and private schools, she couldn’t help but think about what could be offered to children they don’t get that differs from the traditional school model.

The school’s format is different for this reason, focusing on project-based learning. Bell-Wiatrek said seeing her “heroes” dive into a six-week “quest” of entrepreneurial skills inspired her to provide the opportunity for more children around the Triad.

“I thought it was the perfect opportunity to link their learning but also open it up to all young entrepreneurs because they are our leaders of tomorrow,” she said. “It’s just remarkable what they’ve come up with. Some of them have held multiple fairs, so I’m excited to see what our community has to contribute to that.”

The age of the participants varies from 6 to 14 years old and their business ideas are also omnipresent. Bell-Wiatrek said the real-world experience would be incredibly beneficial for these kids, testing their marketing strategies and profit margin calculations.

“I couldn’t imagine doing this myself when I was 6 or 10 and it’s one of the magical things about being here,” she said. “The freedom to allow children to show you what they are capable of. Because, let me tell you, they are far more capable than any adult will ever allow them.”

The Children’s Business Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday February 26 at Kaleideum North on Hanes Mill Road. You can find more information at www.childrensbusinessfair.org/northcarolina-acton.

This is part of a series of Jackie Pascale, featuring local children and their businesses leading up to the Children’s Trade Fair on February 26. Look for his stories on weekday mornings on WXII from 5 to 7 a.m.

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