KEYSER - For the past nine years, Keyser Middle School's eighth grade students have combined their math, business, and technology skills together to work on the West Virginia Lemonade Stand Project.

For the News Tribune
KEYSER - For the past nine years, Keyser Middle School’s eighth grade students have combined their math, business, and technology skills together to work on the West Virginia Lemonade Stand Project.
The project is a teamwork assignment that introduces middle school students to the concept of entrepreneurship. Sheila Powell, a business education teacher at KMS, and Stacey McClintock, a math teacher at KMS, co-chair the project.
This year, teachers Kara Breedlove, Matt Whitacre, and Kurtis Wildman also helped students complete their projects.
Approximately 200 eighth graders at KMS were divided into teams to create their own businesses.  Each team designed their stand, created their lemonade recipe, advertised, and prepared their business portfolio. The students’ portfolios include:  flyers, business cards, loan applications, business plans, itemized cost sheet, slideshow presentations, and recipes.
During the project, teams have chosen a nonprofit organization. The purpose of the nonprofit organization is to provide the entire 8th grade class an organization to donate the profits to. The first-place team’s nonprofit organization will be the chosen organization and the organization that receives the profit check for this 8th grade project.
The best teams will set up for the public on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Keyser Middle School cafeteria to display their projects.
Each team will have a stand for people to visit, a portfolio for viewing, and lemonade products available for purchasing.  
All business leaders, county representatives, and community members are invited to attend the event to support these young entrepreneurs.
The team that places first at KMS along with a selected Outstanding Team Member will have the opportunity to travel to Charleston, West Virginia, to represent Mineral County on Jan. 11 at the Mineral County Day 2018.
For additional information, contact Sheila Powell or Stacey McClintock at Keyser Middle School, 304-788-4220.