This fall, 4th grade students explored all phases of the design process in their CEL class.The problem they uncovered? Many essential workers are required by law to wear high-visibility clothing to keep them safe, however, protective gear isn’t necessarily worn daily. The idea to make high-visibility safety vests came from the students’ curiosity about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), like masks that we’re required to wear to protect against viruses. While researching PPE, the 4th graders discovered a problem with high-visibility clothing: it lacked fashion appeal and therefore people were less likely to wear it. Their solution? Encourage more people, especially kids, to wear fashionable, unique vests to keep them safe! Through the course of developing their vests, they learned how to source fabric, cut sewing patterns, work a sewing machine, create custom, reflective decals on the vinyl cutter, and iron their designs onto their vests. With the help of the many tools and technologies available in our CEL maker space, students created colorful and customized vests that reflected their shining personalities and individual style. If you were to ask the fourth graders, testing them out during morning drop-off in the Lower School loop was a huge highlight!
Visit Our Pop-Up SCHop
celebrating a decade of student innovation
This holiday season, SCH Academy student entrepreneurs join the traditional fun and festivities of Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe nights with a pop-up SCHop featuring their very own ventures. Their businesses will be at 8638 Germantown Avenue with products and raising money for nonprofit endeavors. that were conceived and developed in SCH’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The students are members of the Venture Accelerator program who are focusing on taking their businesses to market under the guidance of faculty mentors and the CEL curriculum.
store location & hours
A select group of SCH Academy student entrepreneurs will be popping up at the top of the hill on Stag & Doe Nights in Chestnut Hill, PA: 8638 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, nearby McNally's Tavern.
Wednesday, December 1 - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, December 8 - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, December 15 - 6:00 - 8:30 PM
STUDENTS POPPING UP WITH US:
- Taco 'Bout It - a fun card game to help families talk about sensitive issues in a fun, conversational way (Kickstarter campaign in progress) | Chuck Norton
- East Coast Stickers - a custom sticker and decal business (also on Etsy) | Tara Benning
- Sonas To America - scarves and woven goods, sales support a weaving village in Cambodia | Catie Driscoll, Meena Padhye, Lilly Hall, and Sienna Lindsay
- Infinity Flies - handmade fishing lures | Lucas Poltorak
- DCF_Cards - sports cards bought and sold with a percentage of the profits going to Hope for the Warriors | Dillon Frankel
- H.E.L.P.I.N.G. The Homeless Backpacks - fully loaded backpacks delivered to homeless shelters around the city | Alexa Rhodes
- MLSageDesigns - Sage Designs is run by an 8th grade entrepreneur who loves to sew (doll dresses, dog toys, scrunchies, and more) | Magnolia Lurie
FEATURED STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS
H.E.L.P.I.N.G. The homeless backpacks
For the past 10 years, 16-year-old Alexa Rhodes has volunteered with her family at communal dinners for homeless people. Saddened by the number of homeless living on the streets in major cities, Alexa decided to create an organization called H.E.L.P.I.N.G. The Homeless Backpacks to raise funds and gather needed items to be placed in sturdy, multi-use backpacks. Once these backpacks are filled, she selects a homeless shelter to receive the donation.
Alexa’s organization was created with much thought. The acronym H.E.L.P.I.N.G. represents healing, empowering, loving, providing, influencing, nourishing, and giving back to the homeless community. The backpack and items are valued at approximately $50 each and can include a water bottle, a baseball cap, utensils, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a waterproof blanket, a poncho, a pair of socks, wipes, a hand sanitizer, a mask, and a message of hope, among other items. Currently, Alexa and one2one are in partnership with Bombas, Alphabroder, and local healthcare providers who donate items or sell them to us at cost, but we need even more donations to help more homeless people. Read more about Alexa's nonprofit and donate here. Follow @helpingthehomelessbackpacks
Sonas to America
Sonas To America is a nonprofit company working with the Sonas weaving village in Cambodia. We receive their handmade goods, sell them through our retail partners, and donate all of the money back to Sonas. We have a direct relation with Paul Gill, the manager of the village, and our hard work helps send the women's children to college through Sonas's scholarship program. Our goal is to raise enough money to open more weaving villages, resulting in more jobs for Cambodian women.
Our mission is to bring Sonas's beautiful handmade goods to America. Through sourcing our goods from a small weaving village, our products are ethical and do not leave a large carbon footprint on the earth. Read more about Meena Padhye, Catie Driscoll, Lilly Hall, and Sienna Lindsay's nonprofit here. Follow @SonasToAmerica
taco 'Bout It
Taco 'Bout It is a mental health card game that encourages players to discuss sensitive subjects, break down tensions between parents and kids, and enable sometimes difficult conversations—all within the context of a clever and family-friendly game in which players build out a taco! January 2021, Chuck Norton was the first SCH student to launch a Kickstarter campaign. His goal was to raise $2k to manufacture the card game he initially developed and designed in his 10th grade CEL Capstone class where he earned the Social Impact Award.
Chuck met and exceeded that goal last February raising $3,500 and was able to produce and fulfill over 50 orders. With his new campaign, he plans to provide better packaging, an updated card deck, and new stickers with a holiday theme. There will also be a downloadable version of the game that customers can print by themselves, which makes it affordable for all. His Kickstarter campaign #2 launches on November 17 and will run through December 12. The link to his Kickstarter page is here. Read more about Chuck's project here. Follow @taco.bout.it.game