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Classes in entrepreneurship for middle schoolers are coming to the Erie School District, as a pilot program was made possible by a $37,000 grant from United Way of Erie County.

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The program will start in January. Seventh graders will begin by reading the book, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur,” and then will follow up with group discussions and class exercises.

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative produces the program.  The book “Who Owns the Ice House?” was co written by founder and CEO Gary Schoeniger with author Clifton Taulbert.

The grant pays for books, teacher training, and license for the curriculum. It also pays to accredit two master trainers who will teach future instructors.

The assistant superintendent of the Erie School District, Bea Habursky,became interested in making the Ice House program school based after she attended a training fior county employees. The program helps participants develop a “problem-solving mindset.”

According to Habursky, the Ice House Program is not intended to encourage every student to start a business. Instead, the objective is to encourage students to think creatively.

“It is all in their mindset,” she said.

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