Oct 13, 2013 10:20 PM by Tony Spehar

Manitou middle schoolers publish guide to local businesses

Sunday was payday for a group of Manitou Springs students who split up their profits from a publishing a book profiling historic businesses in the city.

"It's Manitou's Business" was designed and written by a group of 30 students who spent their 8th grade year at Manitou Springs Middle School interviewing and writing about local businesses.

The students learned the process of publishing a business guide, including reaching out to and interviewing local small business owners as well as learning a bit of history and how the turbulent the past year was for business people.

"Everyone's linked together and that everything that happens in one part of the community affects everyone else and over and over again business owners were kind of telling us how it almost feels like a team of businesses here in Manitou," explained Nick Noland, the group's Honors Language Arts Teacher.

The book was published earlier this year, the students split-up around $3,000 dollars in profits on Sunday.

"My favorite part was just learning more about the businesses probably, just stuff we never knew," said Riley Snyder, one of the students.

"It's Manitou's Business" is being sold at Poor Richard's and the Business of Art Center.


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