Hephzibah, GA -
Welcome to Pine Hill Middle School where 7th grade sounds a lot like college. "We were actually introducing entrepreneurship and economic systems throughout different parts of the world," says teacher Daniel Patrick. "The main thing that we were trying to do is get them to understand that in any business you have to have the combination human capital, capital goods, as well as the balance between labor costs as well as profits and loss that a company can have." Just part of the lesson plan from Daniel Patrick. Getting local students to think globally. "We wanted the students to realize that there were many different items that came from many parts of the world," he says. "To get them to understand that, they had to take the items that they had and find out where they were made. And many of them found out that they were made throughout parts of Latin America, South and East Asia." That kind of knowledge at such an early age can equip these kids to go far. "I want them to realize even though they are only one person out of the 7-billion on the planet, they can make a huge impact and a huge difference in what they do as they meet many different people in their life, no matter where they go and no matter what they do." And when he's not shaping our future business owners, Mr. Patrick can be found at a sporting event or other extracurricular activity. He cares about these 7th graders as people, not just students. "Middle School is one of those time periods where they go from being a child to being a young adult. And it's fun to see those transitions happen, everything from their growth spurts, to they way they sometimes think they know it all when they don't. I really like to be involved with them to just see how they can grow in any and everything that they do."