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Kids learn about altruism

Gina Barker, The Park Record

Among the hurried activities, the banners and the flags, four children were selling glow sticks. But it was more than the typical lemonade-stand attempt at entrepreneurship. The four children, all of whom were in town visiting for the Fourth of July festivities, were raising money for the local fire department.

On Thursday, the four presented the donations to the Park City Fire Department, a total of $1,370 collected in a single day.

As part of the second annual Maverick Program, a program created by business leaders from across the country, families brought their children in to town to enjoy Park City and to get their children thinking about business.

"All the kids hit streets on the Fourth," said Damien Zamora, father of two and coordinator with the challenge. "They learn about inventory, profits and loss, spread sheets, things that you don’t typically talk to kids about."

From spreadsheets to inventory to strategy, groups of four or five children split off to create the most lucrative business. Izabella Zamora, Sophia Zamora, Noellle Singleton and Damon Fitzgerald got together and decided to use the opportunity to give back, a decision prompted by the ravaging fires this season.

"I think it helped a lot," said 8-year-old Damon Fitzgerald.

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Team captain Izabella Zamora, 9, chimed in.

"I think the firefighters really need the money with all the fires going on."

After contacting the Park City Fire Department, the group was able to collect fire boots, helmets and protective gear, all as a way to promote their charitable angle to the entrepreneurial challenge.

"We were surprised," said Ray Huntzinger, a Park City Fire Department Battalion Chief. "Whenever anyone is willing to go through that kind of effort and think about the firefighters or the department, we really appreciate it."

"I can’t thank these kids enough to be thinking about us," he added. "It’s heartening."