GILFORD — After spending several weeks taking orders for Steve O's Subs, a dozen students in Steve O'Riordan's business class spent the morning yesterday making 430 sandwiches, packaging them with potato chips, condiments, brownies and soft drinks, and delivering the lunches to businesses and schools in Gilford, Laconia, Belmont, Meredith and Tilton. The students are not preparing for jobs at Subway, but instead learning the fundamentals of operating a profitable business, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Got Lunch! program in Gilford.
"We do this every year," O'Riordan said, explaining that each member of the class pursues a practical commercial project while the whole class mounts the grinder operation.
This year, he said, the class smashed the record by selling 430 lunches, easily eclipsing the 305 sold by a class of 20.
Steve O's Subs offers a choice of turkey, ham, salami or roast beef with different cheeses and vegetables on fresh baked bread. The ingredients are purchased from Hannaford Supermarket, which donates the condiments.
O'Riordan said that the production costs amount to $5 or $6 for each sub, depending on the meat, and the entire lunch sells for $8, with roast beef costing an extra dollar. With no labor costs, he projected a profit of between $1,000 and $1,200.
The students began preparing and packaging the lunches at 7 a.m. and making deliveries around 11 a.m., and returning to school for classes at 1 p.m.
The students of the business class at Gilford High School, taught by Steve O'Riordan, arrayed themselves as an assembly line making a record number Steve O's Subs, the centerpiece of lunches sold to schools and businesses in the region to benefit the Got Lunch! program in Gilford. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)