Evelyn Paquin’s grade 7 and 8 French immersion class at Meduxnekeag Consolidated School (MCS) in Woodstock, New Brunswick turned a class business project into a way to support children and families at Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.
In November 2015, her students started doing online research to identify the type of business they would like to start up. After making a list of over 60 ideas, they narrowed it down to one.
“We decided our business would be ‘Bath-in-a-Bag’ where we would make personal care products to sell to a wide client base, female and male, young and old,” shares Evelyn.
Their next decision was to pick a charity to support.
“When we were selecting our charity of choice, we wanted it to be one that would benefit children and their families,” says Paquin. “We unanimously chose to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic.” The class came up with the name the MCS McHelpers and developed a fitting slogan “Caring For You While You Care For Them”.
The students created a business plan, elected a Board of Directors, and selected a CEO, Financial Officer and three Directors. They also partnered with a local business owner, Scott Dunlop, who gave them lots of great business advice and let them share his booth at the Spring Into Woodstock Women’s Trade Show in May where they sold their product.
The ‘Bath-in-a-Bag’ included homemade bath bombs, lip balm and sugar scrub, along with repackaged lotion and bubble bath mix, a facecloth, rubber ducky and microwave hot pack. Based on their market research, they set the price at $25 per bag.
“My students learned so much during this project,” says Paquin. “We spent a lot of time in class and after school working on our products. The best part is that we met our goal!”
On June 24th, students in Mme Paquin’s class presented a $2000 cheque to Diane McCaie, Moncton Ronald McDonald Family Room Coordinator at the school’s year-end assembly. Thanks to the MCS McHelpers the funds raised will help keep families close when it matters most.