Cedarville University SIFE Team on Its Way to Nationals

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—The Cedarville University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team will compete at the 2004 SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 23-25. Cedarville advanced to the SIFE USA National Exposition by winning at the regional level just last month. At regionals, the team was judged best at teaching people of all ages the principles of free enterprise. In addition, the team was recognized for their work in the Miami Valley to develop projects that meet the specific needs of community members. Some of those projects included teaching elementary school students through BizWorld curriculum and the Junior Achievement program. Using BizWorld curriculum which they rewrote, the Cedarville SIFE team taught entrepreneurial skills and the four factors of production to fourth graders at Arrowood Elementary School in Xenia. The children were actively involved in using what they learned to market and sell no-bake cookies to the entire school. The fourth-graders donated their earnings to the Greene County American Red Cross. Next year, Cedarville SIFE plans to incorporate BizWorld curriculum throughout the entire school. The team also worked with Greeneview Elementary School in Jamestown to teach second-graders how free enterprise works in their community. Partnering with the Junior Achievement program, the team taught about jobs, government, banking, and how to start a business. Cedarville SIFE plans to help the Junior Achievement program expand into other area schools. At the upcoming national tournament, the Cedarville team will be one of more than 180 teams competing for one of two national championship titles. The winning team in the four-year college division will represent the U.S. at the SIFE World Cup 2004 in Barcelona, Spain. SIFE is a nonprofit organization active on more than 1,600 college and university campuses in 40 countries. SIFE works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. For more information, visit www.sife.org. To contact Cedarville`s SIFE chapter, call John LeBlanc at 937-766-4970 or e-mail leblancj@cedarville.edu. -30-