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Ormstown Elementary students have caught the entrepreneurial spirit

Emma Gallinger and Noah Hutton

Ormstown Elementary students have been sewing up a storm this spring.

Grade 5 and 6 students in the entrepreneurship option course have been creating products such as bags, pillows, dog bandanas, and hair scrunchies since the beginning of April to raise money for charity.

The school received a grant through a government initiative called OSEntrependre for $3,000 to buy three Cricut ‘smart’ cutting machines and vinyl. “This program is meant to encourage young people to come up with innovative ideas for an entrepreneurial project and be able to bring their project to life,” says school principal Jessica Makay.

“I was very surprised that we got this opportunity to try all these new things and to get this money for our school to lead an entrepreneurship group,” says one of the twelve students participating in the program.

Many of the other materials used during the course, including three sewing machines and many fabric cuttings, were donated to the school. Once the products were sewn, they were embellished with designs cut with the Cricut, including the hand-drawn logo by student Noah Hutton. Students also plan to embellish baseball caps, reusable cups, and flowerpots.

The students first brainstormed about what to make, and then with the help of volunteers from the community were involved with making the products from start to finish. “We were discussing in our group about what we should make, and a lot of people have dogs, and a lot of people like to match with their pets,” added a participant on the student-led initiative.

 

Students watch volunteer Marie Helene Matteau demonstrate how to use a sewing machine during one of the entrepreneurship courses at Ormstown Elementary PHOTO Yvonne Lewis Langlois

 

The volunteers who have been helping during school hours and after classes include Marie-Helene Matteau, Lynn Ouimet, Emma Langlois, Marguerite Bromley, and school staff members Ms. Kristina Meredith, and Ms. Lewis Langlois.

“It is fun. They are taking time off to come help us and I enjoyed working with them,” says another student about the volunteers. “I joined this group because it sounded interesting, and I knew that I would like it because I like working with sewing machines,” he adds, while explaining he has previous experience sewing at school and with his grandmother.

The course has helped the students to feel seen and appreciated by the community. Students are looking forward to selling their products soon. All the money raised will go towards a charity that the group will decide on.

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