What an amazing accomplishment by our intermediate school students! They have raised a remarkable $4,720 by selling handmade items through Project 345. Their mission? To give other students the same educational opportunities they have by contributing to the construction of a brand new school in Guatemala!
Project 345 is a gateway to social entrepreneurship for OTS students in grades 3-5. Over the past few months, they’ve worked with Social Studies Department Chair Clare McGowan to transform their ideas into tangible, marketable products to sell to the OTS community. The funds raised were donated to buildOn, an incredible NGO committed to enhancing literacy through the creation of schools in developing nations worldwide.
Through exchanged letters and translation, our students discovered that their peers in Guatemala shared the same aspirations—dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, and leaders. The money they raised will help students in Guatemala break down some of the barriers that often prevent them from accomplishing their dreams—like extreme heat and small classroom spaces.
Before crafting their products, our students took a deep dive into the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship. With the guidance of OTS alumni Evan Delahanty, the Founder & CEO of Peaceful Fruits, and the Masco family, owners of Akron Coffee Roasters, our students experienced firsthand how businesses can uplift communities and spark positive change.
After weeks of brainstorming, cost analysis, and refining designs, our young entrepreneurs showcased their diverse range of products at a community makersmarket. From OTS branded hats to coasters to bookmarks, their creations were a testament to their incredible talents and unwavering dedication to their cause. Students even had the chance to sell Guatemala-grown beans from Akron Coffee Roasters that they had roasted, packaged, and designed themselves.
We couldn't be prouder of their remarkable achievement, and we can't wait to see the bright future they will continue to shape! See some of the Project 345 highlights here.