Arroyo Vista Marketplace a Big Success

By Jennifer Wang

PHOTO: | Young entrepreneurs selling their products at the AV Marketplace
On Saturday, October 21st, Arroyo Vista Elementary School held their 2nd Annual AV Marketplace.  This special event sponsored by AV PTA was created to promote young entrepreneurship at the school.  75 students ranging from Kindergartners to 5th graders participated in creating their own businesses to be featured at the Marketplace this year.  Students were encouraged to use their creativity and to come up with a product or service that each of them could feature at their own booth.


PHOTO: | Caighsi Currie created flower pens for AV Marektplace
Over 400 shoppers came out to support the AV Marketplace.  They had the opportunity to purchase original creations that ranged from flower pens, to Halloween-themed goodies, jewelry and headbands, gift tags, pet dolls, magnets, key chains, paper airplanes, terrariums, soaps and bath bombs, drawings, plants, slime, birdhouses, capes, AV spirit goods, hand painted mugs, Lego games, stress relief products, PVC pipe marshmallow blasters and so much more!


PHOTO: | “May I help you?” Young entrepreneurs hard at work at AV Marketplace
 The shoppers also had the opportunity to vote on two categories:  Most Original Business idea and Best Marketing/Presentation.  D.E.S. Slimes took home the award for Most Original Business Idea.
PHOTO: Jennifer Wang | | Andrew Kwak, winner of Highest Business Potential for his Pasta Class
D.E.S. Slimes was created by 5th Graders Doreen Hu, Elizabeth Mullaly and Samantha Yang.  Halloween Fun was awarded Best Marketing/Presentation.  Halloween Fun was created by 1st Grader Lucy Gammell.  And Kindergartener Andrew Kwak, founder of Andrew’s Pasta Class, was awarded Highest Business Potential by AV PTA.
PHOTO: Jennifer Wang | | Winner of Best Marketing Presentation, Lucy Gammell

No shopping experience is complete without some food.  Breakfast and snacks were provided by Girl Scout Troop 3141.  And tacos, quesadillas and popsicles were sold for lunch.

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Arroyo Vista plans on continuing this fun event next year and hope to have even more students participate.  All the AV entrepreneurs would love to see even more South Pasadena residents come out to support this fantastic event!