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Students at Paul Breaux Middle School are some of the newest entrepreneurs in Lafayette.

Most students learn about running a business through a textbook, but these students are learning through hands-on experience.

"When we were coming up with a name, we wanted it to be original, so we came up with the Little Shop on Orange Street because Paul Breaux is located on Orange Street," said CEO Ian Frick, 8th grader. 

Ian says he's excited to get to work with his classmates. 

"It'll help us with problem-solving skills and how to work with people even if we aren't used to working with them."

It is part of a national program called EdCorps where students make a product to sell on a website.

"It's really an exciting way for students to get a feel of being an entrepreneur and thinking outside of the box, and going through all of the different situations that a business might face," said Karen Latiolais, the adviser of Little Shop on Orange Street.

Responsibilities include picking a name, a logo and who will be working in different departments of the company.

The money students earn will buy the materials for the business. 

"We are planning on making fabric products and our first product will be a draw string bag. At the end of the year, we will donate it to a charity of our choice, whether it be St Jude's Children Hospital or the school," said Ian. 

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