Piper High School business students collaborated with business students from Westside High School in the Omaha, Nebraska area via Zoom on Oct. 4. Student leaders discussed the HATCH program and their incredibly successful student-run business. As a part of Real World Learning initiatives made possible by a $220,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation, the Piper School District is creating wall-to-wall academies at the high school. These academies focus on real world applications. One of many highlights is Pirate’s Bay at the high school. A student-run store, Pirate’s Bay is open for students to purchase snacks and other treats during lunch. The HATCH program is another part of our real world learning efforts. Students have the opportunity to dive deeper into challenges and problems within various industries that are not at the top of the mission critical list. Through problem identification and understanding, solutions can be implemented by a diverse set of students. As the district builds its academies, we are also building our list of partners. Piper’s HATCH program started two years ago with business students working one-on-one with professionals at Nebraska Furniture Mart.