Here at Real World Scholars, we know that rich classroom experiences are created by rockstar educators willing to hand over the reins to students and get out of the way. In fact, the EdCorps Community is made up of educators who do just that! That’s why we’ll be highlighting an educator every month who’s leaning into the entrepreneurial experience in ways that empower their students.
EdCorp Founder: Maureen Frew
School: Avonworth Primary Center
Grade: Kindergarten though Grade 5
Meet Maureen Frew! Maureen is an educator from Pittsburgh, PA who started Jam Enterprises, a student-run business of 50 girls in Grade K – 5 who meet every week. They make items, sell the items, and then donate the profits to causes that JAM votes on. Their most recent item was a “Tin Bin Tic-Tac-Toe,” a convenient and fun game for students to travel with this holiday season! A few of the donations have been made to: Meals on Wheels, Blessings in a Backpack, and Animal Friends.
The tagline the students have been using? Girls who MAKE. Girls who CARE.
Why did she start an EdCorp?
JAM had been previously in existence for two years. Real World Scholars has helped JAM go to a whole new level by providing us with support, funding and connections to other EdCorps which help our business grow each month.
What has her first month been like?
It has been an incredible whirlwind! In two short months, JAM has put out 2 products that have sold out! We also had the opportunity to sell our product to Mascaro Construction Company who invited JAM to deliver their product to their job site.