The Northwest Nazarene University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team hosts its annual Idaho and Beyond Thurs March 5 at 9 a.m. in the Johnson Sports Center. SIFE and the Canyon Agricultural Foundation Education (CAFÉ) will teach nearly 375 fourth grade students from local elementary schools the importance of Idaho’s agriculture in both local and worldwide perspectives.
The event is designed to teach students the principles of free enterprise—specifically on the topic of market economics as it relates to agricultural products. Idaho and Beyond includes two components: a world trade fair and a classroom session about Idaho agriculture.
Booths representing countries from around the globe will simulate the world market. SIFE students operate each booth to promote agricultural products and cultural customs from each country. The booths display authentic currency and items while encouraging students to calculate exchange rates and buy each country’s product. Before leaving each booth, “passports” are stamped, confirming the visit. SIFE members will also lead the children in an interactive game combining concepts learned with fun.
The SIFE team aims to educate the NNU campus and community about financial literacy, business ethics, market economics, success skills and entrepreneurship.