Eighth-graders earned a profit from investment

June 14, 1993|By Wayne Hardin

Dorothy Dowling, a social studies teacher at Parkville Middle School, decided to use the investment club idea in a real-life experiment with her five classes of eighth-graders.

Thus was born the Parkville Grade 8 Investment Club.

Each of 100 students gave Ms. Dowling $3.

She worked through a broker friend at Ferris, Baker Watts Inc. TC and paid the commission. With their $300, the students decided to invest in a company that makes boots for the military.

"It was a great experience," she says. "The kids really got excited. They were watching the stock pages every day. I think they learned a lot."

They made a little money, too.

At the end of the school year, their broker sold the stock.

"Each kid got back $3.54," Ms. Dowling says.

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