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Bowman Elementary Teacher Receives Prestigious Award

Bowman Elementary Teacher's Innovative Teaching Style Earns Her a National Award 

Linda Hulen is a long-time Alaskan and teacher at Bowman Elementary where she has spent most of her teaching career—nearly 20 years. Below is the press release from Freedoms Foundation about Linda Hulen’s great accomplishment. 

Teacher at Anchorage’s Bowman Elementary receives 2019 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education

Linda Hulen, an elementary school teacher at Willard L. Bowman Elementary School in Anchorage, AK, has been named one of eight recipients of the 2019 Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education.

Linda Hulen is a teacher at Bowman Elementary Linda Hulen has been as ASD teacher for nearly 20 years.

Hulen is being honored for the program “Student Entrepreneurship: On the Path to Free Enterprise in Alaska,” and the student-run business 907 Bobcats.

The Leavey Awards, administered by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, were created in 1977 to reward educators across the country who develop innovative ways of teaching students about the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship. Each winner receives a $7,500 award. In four decades, more than 600 teachers – from elementary school to college level – have received over $4 million in prize money.

The Bowman Elementary program allows fifth and sixth graders to learn by doing as they operate their business, 907 Bobcats. They create prototypes for a wide range of products, from sugar scrubs and beeswax wraps to greeting cards and kindness rocks. They research supply and demand, establish price points, and respond to feedback. The young entrepreneurs interact with customers through pop-up stores, sales booths around town, an online store, and social media. As they get smarter about business, they also learn to pay it forward, with a portion of the profits donated to community projects. 

907 Bobcats began in the fall of 2017 with a grant from Real World Scholars, a national organization that encourages student entrepreneurship.

“More than ever, our nation and its economy need entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and business visionaries,” said David Harmer, president and CEO of Freedoms Foundation. “These leaders are coming from the classrooms of Leavey Award recipients. People are now realizing what Thomas and Dorothy Leavey knew 42 years ago – teaching future generations to develop an appreciation, knowledge and enthusiasm for the American free enterprise system is essential to ensuring our nation’s continued success.”

This year’s class of Leavey Award recipients will be honored at a dinner and award ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18, on the campus of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. While on campus they will also make a presentation about their award-winning program to business educators attending the graduate seminar “Innovative Entrepreneurs, Dynamic Economy.”

Morgan DuClos