The fourth-graders at Hilltop Elementary were in business as they opened the Hillside School Market on Tuesday.

Hilltop students visited the market located in fourth-grade teacher Michelle McDonald’s classroom during their lunch period. 

Students had worked with precision to organize school supply merchandise across the display desks.

Dry erase boards were going for $3, Scotch tape for 75 cents and pens were 50 cents. And everyone got a free eraser for shopping today.

McDonald said students had to fill out an application and go through a job interview before being hired as part of the market team. 

Students worked the money boxes in pairs while filling out receipts and making change.

“You got to make sure the money is right,” one student explained. 

If the market has made a profit at the end of 6 weeks, the students will get to go Perkins, said McDonald. At the restaurant  they will order their own food and compute their bill, including tax and tip.

“Money is a thing kids and adults will have to deal with forever,” said Eric Stoykovich, fourth-grade teacher. 

Stoykovich and students film commercials for the market. The goal is a new commercial for each week’s special deal.

Today’s special was $3 earbud holders, and  shoppers could fill their new holder with earbuds for $4. 

Next week students should keep a look-out for a special clicking pen.

McDonald said she and fourth-grade teacher Brittany Ahlberg hit up school supply sales in the summer and stocked up. This is their third year having a market, and Tuesday’s total sales of $320.25 was considered very good. 

Towards the end of the half-hour time allotment, a girl in a blue dress was still looking at items.

“Are you still shopping?” McDonald asked the girl.

“Yeah,” she said.

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