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Profitable experience for teens and United Way

Marketing class helps agency to achieve its goal

Princeton High School's Introduction to Marketing class donates a check for $1,200 to Bureau County United Way Director Kim Scott (front row, far right). Pictured is Brysen Strzalka (front row, from left), Brett Schenck, Brant Hendrickson (holding sign), Sophia Karlosky, Andrew Wright and teacher Margaret DeVenney; CJ West (second row, from left), Maddie Eckard, Chelsea Piper, Chris Irlbeck, McKenzie Stage; Mary Jeanne Brown; (third row, from left), Cearra Kinnamon, Kiley Schenck, Josephine D'Ambrosio, Zakk Welsh; and Jayden Otterson (fourth row, from left), Matt Sieg, Mikayla Wilhelm, Garrett Allen, Sammy May, Albert Sadiku and Zach Bohms. Not pictured is Kevin Burden.
Princeton High School's Introduction to Marketing class donates a check for $1,200 to Bureau County United Way Director Kim Scott (front row, far right). Pictured is Brysen Strzalka (front row, from left), Brett Schenck, Brant Hendrickson (holding sign), Sophia Karlosky, Andrew Wright and teacher Margaret DeVenney; CJ West (second row, from left), Maddie Eckard, Chelsea Piper, Chris Irlbeck, McKenzie Stage; Mary Jeanne Brown; (third row, from left), Cearra Kinnamon, Kiley Schenck, Josephine D'Ambrosio, Zakk Welsh; and Jayden Otterson (fourth row, from left), Matt Sieg, Mikayla Wilhelm, Garrett Allen, Sammy May, Albert Sadiku and Zach Bohms. Not pictured is Kevin Burden.

PRINCETON — The Introduction to Marketing class at Princeton High School raised $1,200 for Bureau County United Way’s 2018 campaign, through profits made from small business entrepreneurial projects. 

The class met with Kim Scott, Bureau County United Way director, Monday to present the donation. 

“You should be really proud of yourselves. The money goes towards a great cause, and it’s helping your local community members,” she told the class. 

“Thank you so much for your hard work.”

The class, which is taught by Margaret DeVenney, spent first semester manufacturing, designing and promoting a product they called the “paw pack.” DeVenney described it to be a blue and white Santa hat full of hot chocolate and treats.

The paw pack was sold to students, staff and even members of the community. All profits helped fund second semester projects. 

“We made quite a profit,” DeVenney said. 

During the second semester, the students broke into four groups, and each group was tasked with coming up with a second prototype. 

“The big thing is that they had to design and manufacture it in the classroom. They couldn’t buy anything to resell. They started from scratch,” DeVenney said. 

One group made tie fleece blankets; another group hand painted mugs; another group made “jars of joy,” which were Mason jars decorated with burlap and filled with assortments of candy; and the last group made “owl packs,” which came in the shape of an owl and were filled with fun facts and treats.

Each group competed against one another to see who could sell the most products.

DeVenney said the tie fleece blankets were so popular that she had to cut off orders, because there were so many and only a limited amount of class time when students could manufacture them.

The results of sales were outstanding compared to years prior. Last year, DeVenney’s class raised $300 for the United Way, and the year before that, $900. 

Scott said she was “very appreciative” of the donation and that the profits helped United Way to reach its fundraising goal both last year and this year. 

The United Way just announced it met goal at the end of last month, having raised $105,000.

The United Way has served the Bureau County since 1974. The 13 human and health agencies the United Way supports are American Red Cross, Bureau County Food Pantry, Bureau County Senior Center, Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, Center for Youth & Family Services, In Home Care, Visiting Nurses Association, Gateway Services, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Prairie State Legal Services, Boy Scouts (W.D. Boyce Council), Youth Service Bureau, University of Illinois Extension in Bureau County, and Freedom House.

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