Long Beach High teacher awarded $2,000 grant


One teacher and her students in Long Beach are making money moves and business decisions with a $2,000 grant from the Leo W. Seal Teacher Recognition Award Fund.

Congratulations to Long Beach High School teacher Demetria Brown who will use the grant money to help with her ‘shark tank’ project.  The project helps students become entrepreneurs by creating school-based enterprises that can become sustainable businesses in their community, such as ‘Paw Pastries.’

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Brown and her students are grateful for the opportunity to plant seeds into their future businesses. “When they actually see this is something viable and a way to earn money, and do something that they really love, it just really blows it out the water for me.”

Senior Shayla Pierson said, “It has helped me better ‘Paw Pastries’ and also better my own business and hopefully can keep helping me.”

Senior Carmen Desir said, “It is one thing to take a test and learn about business, but it’s another thing to apply it.”

Senior Laurel Ladner said, “It’s pretty cool because I have the chance to put it out there and be on the market.”

Both Brown and the students are excited for what the future holds with ‘Paw Pastries.’


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