Teaching Dollars and Sense: Entrepreneurs Take over Local School in Tulsa for a Day

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Clay Slaton faced a class of 20 third-graders at Roy Clark Elementary School and asked the children what an entrepreneur was.

"The boss!" they shouted.

It was a scene played out throughout the Tulsa elementary school, where 18 business men and women from Entrepreneurs' Organization of Oklahoma spent the day teaching students about business, finance and economics. It was part of the "EO Oklahoma Gives Back" event Thursday.

Slaton, CEO and owner of EngATech in Tulsa, and Piyush Patel, CEO and owner of PL Studios in Oklahoma City, taught Courtney Kime's class.

"This event is great for the kids," Kime said. "They get to learn about real-world things."

The daylong session gives the children an opportunity to learn life skills, Kime said.

"They learn about the city and what people throughout the community do," Kime said.

As part of Junior Achievement's Elementary School program, the "EO Oklahoma Gives Back" event coincided with the annual "EO24" event, during which 120 EO chapters in 42 countries take part in entrepreneurial education events.

The objective is to expose the children to business, Slaton said.

"To let them learn more about entrepreneurialism, more about businesses," Slaton said. "We break business down to a level they understand by relating things to what they deal with every day."

Both business owners expressed surprise at how quickly the children grasped the concept of being in business.

"They have been engaged," said Patel, a former teacher. …

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