By Erica Barry
HNN Summer Intern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Young students at Mid-Pacific Institute are getting a valuable lesson about money. Namely, it doesn't grow on trees.
In fact, "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees" is the name for a new business course for summer elementary school students at the school.
The crash course covers everything from understanding currency to the importance of customer service. "They've all put a lot of effort into this. They've learned the value of a dollar, I think," said their teacher, Kathryn Roxburgh.
The class, which wrapped up Thursday, emphasizes how much work and creativity goes into running a business.
Students put their learning into action by opening their own stores in the classroom.
"I actually ran my business yesterday. It was actually kind of busy," said student Lauren Sakamoto, age 9.
Roxburgh said the kids decide on crafts and snacks they feel their "clientele" might be interested in.
Proceeds benefit their favorite charity, the Hawaiian Humane Society. (The students expected to make about $1,000.)
Many of the keiki who didn't know what a business was before this summer, are now inspired to open their own businesses when they grow up.
"If I own a business, I would own a pet store," said student Jacoby Byerlotzer, age 6.
"I would run a candy store!" said Lexi Hiraoka, age 7.