During the COVID-19 pandemic, many things were disrupted. A large number of students, staff, and families found ways to cope and deal with the changes through service projects, which we have profiled extensively in the past year. One other trend we recently became aware of was the proliferation of businesses in our school community. While sequestered at home, some of our students and staff began to find their entrepreneurial side. Today we wanted to profile a few of these for you.Mackerel Studios
Junior Andres M. enjoyed learning AP Economics with Mr. Duwan this year, and he just shared with us a project creating nautical-themed bracelets he has been working on for months inspired by the class. Mackerel Studios gave Andres the opportunity to combine his "love for the ocean and the idea of how mental and physical restrictions should not stop you from doing anything in your life."
Growing up Andres and his family were always drawn to the water, due in large part to his father's experience in professional sailing. Andres' sister has Cerebral Palsy, and the family looked for ways to allow her to enjoy and learn as much as anyone. They worked hard to find programs that make sailing possible for people with disabilities.
"One of the reasons for the creation of Mackerel studios was to bring attention and clean up the pollution in the ocean," states the website. "Therefore we will be donating a portion of profits to help ocean conservation"
Overall 15% of net profits from the accessories sold will be donated to programs that aid ocean conservation and help people with disabilities sail. He is interested in expanding his catalog. You can see the collection through the website Andres created: www.mackerelstudios.com.
Do you know of another enterprising BEAR? Let us know. We are constantly surprised and inspired by our students and staff. We look forward to sharing more about your interests and projects both in and outside of the classroom.
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