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 Studiosbracelet 2

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.


Drawings by Henry B.House Henry

Gr. 5's Henry B. and his brother Philip in Gr. 7 took advantage of the free time during the pandemic to establish a "mini-business" of making and selling drawings. They sketched a number of drawings, sold them on the street, and then, building on their success, they established a website to expand their market reach, established a searchable profile on google maps, etc.


By now Henry and Philip have grossed well over $400 selling drawing in different states and even internationally! Their parents Ting and Francois are very proud of them, hoping their children will continue to learn through this venture (cost of doing a product, supply chain, etc.). Visit their website in case you are curious: https://henrybauche.com/


Jacka Cosmeticsstrawberry lip gloss square

Gr. 7's Jacka D. explored her interest in cosmetics through Etsy. She developed a series of fruit-inspired lip gloss offerings.


"Maybe over the summer when I am not in class I will expand beyond lip gloss," said Jacka D. "I have gotten a good amount of orders not only on Etsy but in person. Strawberry is my best seller."


Jacka shared that her siblings are involved in her business doing "small things that help in a big way." It has been a great experience for her. You can see Jacka's selection of lip glosses at Jacka Cosmetics.


Elements by DWFlower coaster set

Ms. Weathers, our Gr. 4 LET and Fine Arts teacher, found a creative outlet during the pandemic by designing jewelry, accessories, and home decor. She grew her lines significantly during the lockdown, and you can  explore some of her offerings on her website -  https://elementsbydw.com/


Photo of her lovely floral coasters to the right to give you a sample of her aesthetic.


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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