In a sweet exercise to learn about business and language arts, an enterprising teacher had kids create candy companies for a Confections for a Cause project.
Teacher Kellie Wheelan started the project at Canfeld Middle School more than 15 years ago. Seventh graders experience the process of starting a company with a purpose and philosophy. Teams of students create the candy company, a featured product, advertising, logo, and packaging. The end results are sold at a Candy Expo in the school cafeteria.
“The excitement is beyond words,” said teacher Michelle Fassler. “The kids come to seventh-grade language arts and have this one on their minds. Last year, the seventh-graders presented their projects to the sixth-graders, so now this year they remember that.”
There were $5 entry tickets to the event, so they could try the candy made by the students. They also filled out ballots to vote on the best entry in the following categories: Best-tasting candy, best marketing, best attire, best display and best overall project. All proceeds were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.