Program turning Cowichan kids into young entrepreneurs

This spring, students at École Cobble Hill are busy tinkering, experimenting and repurposing as they develop unique products to unveil at a PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs event that Coastal Community Credit Union is sponsoring around the Island.

"A recent trend in education throughout North America is the Maker Movement, which encourages students to adopt a do-it-yourself mindset," the credit union’s Allyson Prescesky said. "We believe that supporting this type of innovation will have long-lasting effects for our local communities."

It’s been successful in interesting ways. At Drinkwater Elementary School in Duncan, teacher Corrie Schilling says, "one of my students was given a loom for Christmas and has been knitting hats and purses non-stop. Another boy did online research to take his Duck tape wallets to the next level, with details like a spot for your credit card."

It’s all about pushing the envelope to find new ideas.

The program enables students with diverse interests to collaborate, communicate and learn from one another.

The Valley’s showcase is taking place at École Cobble Hill on Friday, May 8 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. To find out more about Power-Play Young Entrepreneurs, visit or www.powerplay, or contact Power-Play Strategies at 1-888-880-0816.