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Three Graham Junior High School 6th grade teams spoke to the Rotary Club of Graham Tuesday about the Hot Shopolicious competition through the Graham Chamber of Commerce. Shown from left to right are McCrae Reese, Addyson Weaver, Addelynn Fade and Payton Collins.
Leader photo by Thomas Wallner

Hot Shopolicious online storefront live for GJHS student teams

Six teams raising funding for area nonprofits

The Graham Chamber of Commerce Hot Shopolicious competition which is taking the place of the annual Hot Chocolicious competition, has commenced online with online stores open for six teams of 6th grade students from Graham Junior High School. Instead of hot chocolate sales through a stand created and marketed by the students in each group, the groups purchased products from a local retailer and are selling them in an online storefront.

In the past, the Hot Chocolicious event welcomed GJHS students from 6th through 8th grade and served as entrepreneurship training for the students involved with the basics of how to start and manage a business. Graham Chamber of Commerce CEO Krisa De La Cruz said the chamber wanted to keep the core of the event this year while making it safe for the students due to COVID-19.

“We didn’t want to sacrifice the Hot Chocolicious competition and the purpose for doing it, which is to be an educational program for students and also raise money for nonprofits here in Graham. So, we just kind of tweaked it a little bit (...). This year we have team coaches who are working with students in groups of two. (We are) trying to keep it as safe as possible and then these students worked with a local retailer to source products and then built a store online to sell those products.”

For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 5 edition of The Graham Leader.

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