Howard Elementary School students tap into creative side for Entrepreneurial Fair

Many crayons are scentless — but not those made by Howard Elementary School students Riley Langs and Peightin Brownson

Theirs were scented with cinnamon, lavender, orange, peppermint, cherry, vanilla and more.

As part of an end-of-the year class project, the fifth-graders hand made crayons by melting down wax and adding essential oils.

“We knew we wanted to make a business for kids because kids would be the people buying it,” Riley said.

Peightin added that they also surveyed their peers about what scents they like, and used those responses to select what fragrances to add to the wax.

Their business, Crafty Cats, was part of an assignment for teacher Amber Buchanan’s fifth-grade class to create a product or service, market the idea and then sell the craft Wednesday during the inaugural Entrepreneurial Fair.

The goal was to help raise more than $4,400 — when combined with funds raised from the school’s annual walk-a-thon — for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“That would be enough to provide one wish to someone,” Buchanan said as she pointed to a total that was about $60 shy of the goal.

Buchanan predicted the amount would be reached or exceeded with sales from the fair, which was open to students, parents and faculty.

The entrepreneurial idea came a few months ago when Buchanan reached out to representatives from Junior Achievement and used some of their curriculum to supplement social studies lessons.

“It’s a really (well-rounded) project that they had a lot of fun with,” she said.

Other student businesses included selling homemade jewelry, baked goods, rocks, fidget spinner holders and more.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo