A Calallen High School graduate is using economics to help a group of fourth grade students in San Marcos learn the value of a dollar using real-world examples.

Becky Hook, a 22-year-old student at Texas State University and 2008 graduate of Calallen HS, is part of the Texas State Students in Free Enterprise team, which works with gifted and talented fourth grade students at two San Marcos elementary schools.

The team and students participate in a program called Free Enterprise Education Development, or FEED for short. Hook and her teammates teach the students how to manage a school store, from buying inventory, like toy cars or decorative pencil erasers, to setting a price for those products based on demand. The students operate their store every Friday, Hook said.

Hook, who has been involved with the SIFE team since August, said some of the elementary students were hesitant and skeptical about the program at first, but really got into the exercise once the process began.

“We help them figure out how to make a profit,” Hook said. “They were so eager to learn, and that was really rewarding to see.”

Another group of students rebuilt a greenhouse and grew their own vegetable garden. Crops from that garden were then taken to a local Farmer’s Market and sold, Hook said.

Students in Free Enterprise is a global, non-profit organization that has student teams on more than 1,600 university campuses in 40 countries. It helps teach the principles of free enterprise utilizing exercises and programs similar to the one Hook and her teammates participate in.

Hook, the daughter of Steve Hook and Marty Avery, will be graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She hopes to pursue a career in sales or marketing once she finishes college.