Offaly’s most enterprising students shine

Primary school pupils around Offaly have been rewarded for their entrepreneurial abilities by the Offaly County Enterprise Board as part of its “Most Enterprising Student” initiative.

Primary school pupils around Offaly have been rewarded for their entrepreneurial abilities by the Offaly County Enterprise Board as part of its “Most Enterprising Student” initiative.

Now in its fourteenth year this awards scheme is designed to introduce the concept of enterprise to primary school children.

Every year Offaly County Enterprise Board offers primary schools throughout the county the opportunity to nominate their Most Enterprising Student or Students. Some students were nominated as they are running their own mini-business, or have shown entrepreneurial skills such as initiative, determination and drive. It offers schools an opportunity to give recognition to a student who inspires, is enterprising or excels in other ways.

There was a large number of entries this year with 27 schools nominating their Most Enterprising Student or Students. A draw for four prizes of a “Fizzbook” computer plus two Easi-speak MP3 players took place at the Offaly CEB Board meeting in April. The winners were picked from the four electoral areas and they were St Brendan’s Boys National School, Birr, Scoil Phroinsias Naofa, Clara, Lumcloon National School, Cloghan and Monasteroris National School, Edenderry.

Geraldine Beirne, Business Advisor with the Board visited each of the participating schools over the past month to present the awards to the winners. Students had the opportunity to ask Ms Beirne questions regarding enterprise and the role of the Enterprise Board. “The students really impressed me this year with their enthusiasm and knowledge of what it means to be an entrepreneur.” commented Ms Beirne. “Their ability to run a successful small business and their creativity and drive is truly inspiring.”

Some examples of the businesses run by students include handmade cards, free range eggs, CD production, home baking, jewellery and paper briquettes. Each student received a framed certificate, book token and a prize pack.