First year students at CBS Secondary School in Carrick-on-Suir have become entrepreneurs and began selling their products in the town last week.
Their enterprise project is in preparation for the Student Enterprise Awards scheduled for March next year, and no time was wasted as teacher Majella Gleeson encouraged and advised her students to get started early.
The students have produced fine gifts crafted from wood, baked tasty treats and created a spin on popular sweets, which are in huge demand.
Branded bagged kindling is also a popular option whilst other students have crafted key holders in all shapes and sizes including a hurley draped in local club and county colours.
There are wooden book and iPod stands, pretty garden log edgings in three different lengths to suit all borders, beautifully designed bookmarks with local club and county crests. Also on sale are delicious quirky shaped chocolates and a selection of fat balls with mixtures of fruit, seeds, raisins and peanut butter, a treat and life saver for the many wild birds during harsh weather.
Other products include limestone cheese/chopping board sanded, polished and waxed comes complete with a cheese knife and a wooden multi-purpose holder for coats, keys and tea towels.
The students will make to order if customers have a particular club crest or county colour they want and hope that all will support them in their venture.
A lot of planning, and hard work has gone into their enterprise projects but the finished products and the praise and encouragement from the school and family have made it all worthwhile.
The students agreed that they faced a challenge to begin with but were thrilled with the products they crafted and made themselves. Sales have boosted their confidence while giving them hands on experience in running a small business from learning marketing skills and good customer relations to appreciation of competitive trading.
The CBS students products can be purchased at Carrick-on-Suir Farmers Market, school events and outside the Bank of Ireland on Main Street.
The students would appreciate any support from the local community in the coming weeks and sincerely thank all who have helped them out in any way and purchased their products.