One could think of Indiana Bateman as a kind of Donald Trump, only shorter, with a love of art, a conscience, and better hair.
The Grade 6 student at Alex Hope Elementary is proving that business acumen can be use to change lives.
She chose to write a business proposal for a school assignment in her enrichment program, on greeting card production.
Business plan done. School assignment completed. Indiana even came up with a slogan â€“ â€œArt for Art and Heart for Heart.â€
Submit the assignment to the teacher and move on, right?
Not for Indiana. Sheâ€™s bringing her business plan to fruition and using greeting cards to fundraise so children in Africa can have art supplies.
â€œI want to make a difference in peopleâ€™s lives,â€ Indiana said.
She even went to the extent of gathering investors to provide capital for start-up. (Theyâ€™re also known as mom, dad, the grandparents, and a great grandparent).
Sheâ€™s established a contingent of talent (aka a half dozen or so fellow students who are each creating cards) and had them sign contracts to produce a certain amount of stock.
â€œMy team is so awesome,â€ Indiana said. â€œWe each make three cards a week.â€
And now sheâ€™s ready to go to market.
On Feb. 11 and 12, the cards will be for sale in the school lobby, 21150 85th Ave., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the public is invited to stop by for the sale. The cards will be $5 for three (a birthday, a get well and a thank you card).
By the time of the sale, there will be about 120 cards and no two are the same.
â€œI let them use what they wanted,â€ she said of the classmates who made cards. â€œAnd they turned out really well.â€
If all sell, thatâ€™s $200 for the cause.
The money will be used to buy art supplies which a family friend will deliver to children in Rwanda. (If any art supply store wants to help Indiana with a discount, they can contact Nadean Vonk, her resource teacher, at the school at 604-888-7109.)
Vonk said itâ€™s not uncommon for teachers to see students who are gung-ho about a philanthropic project and either get in over their heads or try to do something too grand, too fast.
â€œIndie defied that and made it manageable,â€ she said.
Indiana plans to keep going.
â€œNext year when Iâ€™m in Grade 7, Iâ€™m pretty sure Iâ€™m going to keep it going and hope to expand it and create more cards,â€ she said.
She and the other students in her enrichment group will be using the card business plan for their Destination Imagination project in the Brand Aid category at a Feb. 28 competition.
Thereâ€™s also plans afoot for T-shirts with a logo that sheâ€™s drawn, again, a source of revenue to help the cause.
But in the end, sheâ€™s still a kid and doesnâ€™t miss out on all the stuff kids like to do, itâ€™s just that she wants to help others enjoy creating art like she does.
â€œI still do all those other things but Iâ€™m also into the stuff that actually does something to change peopleâ€™s lives,â€ Indiana said.
As for the future, thereâ€™s no guarantees Indiana Bateman will head into a career in business. Sheâ€™s been interested in being everything from a school principal to a midwife.
â€œWhen I grow up, my job that I want to do basically changes every few minutes,â€ she said.