Second grade students experienced the hustle and haste of running their own restaurant for a crowded lunch service on April 4.

Entrepreneurs of Ozark East Elementary hosted their very own restaurant for two hours. The restaurant experience served as the culmination of an economics unit, where students learned about spending, saving and loans from local bankers, about restaurant management from a former McDonald’s franchise owner, and about goods and services through various books.

Students have had their part in every detail of the project, from taking out a “loan” at the bank, to filling out an application and interviewing for their positions at the restaurant.

Students worked as servers, cashiers, food preparers and bussed tables.

The economics cafe has become a tradition at East Elementary, where each year parents, school personnel, government officials and police officers take time to come out and support these students — all while getting a delicious lunch of a hot dog, chips, cookie and soda.

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