Peacock Collegiate’s entrepreneurship class handed off an impressive cheque to Canadian Tire Moose Jaw for its Jumpstart program Wednesday.
“We raised $302 for Jumpstart,” said Travis Bittner, a student in the class and the president of Cust-a-Mug, the company he and his classmates conceived, launched, financed, and managed over the course of the past semester.
Cust-a-Mug sold kits for $10 each that included a white mug, a tea or hot chocolate, a chocolate bar and a candy item, as well as a Sharpie marker so that the owner could sketch a customizable design on the mug.
The company got off the ground with an initial investment from the students of the class.
“They all invested their own money,” said class instructor Brett Young. “They didn’t get any from the school, they didn’t ask me. They took $20 of their own money and invested. Then they went, bought the supplies, made the business plans ... they did everything.”
The class set a goal of raising $300 in funds, Bittner said, and were pleased to surpass that amount by $2.
Also pleased with the funds raised is Peter Puglia, owner of Moose Jaw Canadian Tire.
“I’m very ecstatic. They did a great job coming up with a unique product, and you could tell they did a lot of organization in terms of not only coming up with it, but also the right promotion behind it,” said Puglia. “The fact we have a $302 cheque for Jumpstart is icing on the cake.”
Puglia was so impressed by the work of the entrepreneurship students that he has decided to match the amount raised for Jumpstart.
“I am going to match that amount, so in total it will be $604 raised for Jumpstart, and that’s going to help six kids in Moose Jaw get in the game and play sports,” he said.
“I’m very proud of them,” said Young, who is departing Peacock for Cornerstone Christian School. “These guys, I’m looking at them around the table, all 20 of them — that’s the future of Saskatchewan, right there.”
“It was an honour working with everyone,” said Bittner. “We made some great memories and did a really good job.”