DANVILLE — The fifth period economics class at Danville Community High School is creating a monopoly-type board game with the help of local businesses.
The game, called Town Takeover: Danville Edition, is being released Oct. 15 at a price of $20 per game.
Mike Neilson’s economics class, filled with all seniors and one junior, has been working diligently on putting together the hometown board game that features local businesses around Danville.
“We decided to do a board game that we can market to the whole town,” said Lauryn Luckey, one of the student managers on the project. “We’re trying to sell spots on the board to the local businesses. The goal from this is to make enough profit to get a $500 senior scholarship and the remaining money will go to Relay for Life.”
The town tried to design a game like this 15 years ago, and this year the econ class was asked if they were interested in putting it together.
“The Eecon class does a project every year and our period was asked if we would be interested this year,” Luckey said.
Nick Hall, another student manager, added, “A certain idea was given to us and we took it in our own way, changed it up a bit, and made it an idea of our own.”
Businesses from all around Danville are going to be on the board.
“On the original monopoly, there is a jail, and we have two known candidates for our sheriff. We have contacted them to see if they would buy the spot,” Luckey said.
The board itself was designed in part by Sharper Image.
“We’ve been going back and forth with them, they’ve helped us out a lot with giving us reasonable prices,” said Grant Davis, who runs the marketing side of the game.
The students are assigned to different groups on managing the game. There’s a group that’s in charge of finding and ordering the pieces, groups in charge of designing the board, the box, and the rules, and a sales group, who are in charge of getting businesses to buy a spot on the board.
“At first it was hard to get the ball rolling, but now at the end of the month, everything’s starting to work out,” said Carly Kroll, a student from the sales group. “We have a couple of spots left to sell.”
Wesley Lefler, another student in the sales group, added “We’ve noticed the smaller businesses cannot contribute because of the money and the big corporate business have to go through a lot of processes to contribute, but we’ve been doing pretty good.”
The sales group has until the end of September to get all of the spots sold.
“Some businesses don’t have the money right now to buy a spot, but have said they are willing to buy the game,” Luckey said.
The class has received positive feedback from the community.
“Everyone we’ve talked to in the community is excited about the game and wants to purchase one,” said third student manager Trevor Holland. “We have 11 spots left to be filled out of 40, our deadline to have the boards come in and all sold to the public is by the end of the semester.”
Neilson, teacher of the econ class, says he enjoys working with the students on things that he wouldn’t be able to teach them in a textbook.
“The nice thing about them being hands on is that they discover things and get a more enriched experience than they normally would, especially those who go out and meet with the public,” he said.
Neilson says he’s led them to where he’d like them to go, but they sell themselves on it.
“Everyone is unique and you get to see the talents and strengths of the kids,” he said. “All in all, it’s a lot of fun when I see kids really take ownership. That’s when I know we’ve got something special.”
There will be advertising for the board game during the town’s Scarecrow festival to get the word out to the public.
Spaces on the game are $100, or $115 for the business’ logo to be included. For information, contact Neilson by calling 745-6431.