Students in a marketing class at Lake City Secondary School in Williams Lake have chosen a women’s shelter for their latest fundraising project.
The students are selling mason jars filled with the makings for a gourmet hot chocolate, augmented with marshmallows, various kinds of chocolate chips and crushed candy canes, with all proceeds going toward Chiwid Transition House.
“Michaela Newberry and I were looking online for charities and discovered Chiwid,” said student Spencer Stratton. “ It’s a place for abused women and children that we had never heard about so we decided through our project we could let other people in the community know about it.”
When student Brittany Zimmer called staff at Chiwid to let them know about the project, they offered to come to the school and do a presentation on their cause.
“They were totally on board,” Brittany said.
When asked, the students did not hesitate to credit fellow classmate Ashley Van Wick with the hot cholate project idea.
On Wednesday, students in the class were beginning to assemble 200 mason jars filled with the ingredients.
They are selling two different sizes — one for a single serving and a larger one that comes in jars with handles.
Sales will take place at school and the students have put order forms at other schools in the district and at various businesses, said student Remmy Dillon.
Student Logan Lewis is taking marketing for a second time and said being involved with the fundraising projects is a great learning experience.
“We are doing practical work in school, making something and then selling it and handling money,” Logan said, noting last year’s tie-died cloth bags were fun to make as well.
Teacher Shannon Rerie has taught marketing for three years and said at first the students this year had several ideas, but eventually focused on the hot chocolate.
“I really like this project,” Rerie said.
To fund it students have access to a savings account with $200 for the project supplies, as well as a $500 donation from the school, Rerie said.