With true entrepreneurial drive, representatives of the TRU Enactus Club made a couple of pitches to school board Monday, a week ahead of the school year.
Club president Acacia Schmietenknop gave a brief overview of the club’s expanding horizons, which extend beyond business to include the goal of improving the quality of life in Kamloops.
“We’re a very diverse group in the sense that we’re not just a business club, which is what people used to know it as,” she said before passing the baton to program directors Taylor-Rae Harvey and Julie McNutt.
The club operates a micro-business to generate funds for club activities, but also extends its activities into district classrooms with Environomics, teaching an integration of environmental values and economics, and Help Hunger Disappear, which supports the Kamloops Food Bank.
This year they hope to engage all elementary schools in Environomics and take the food-collection program into high schools, challenging students to create food-can sculptures.
“All three of us are products of School District 73, so it’s nice to give back at a community level,” said Schmietenknop, a former Miss Kamloops and B.C. Ambassador.