Grades 7 to 12 students in the life skills class at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School wanted to focus on entrepreneurship.
Students showcased their new businesses at the Third Annual Culture Café at St. Francis on the evening of May 28.
In the past, the event included some showpiece art with a few for sale, says St. Francis principal Angela White. This year it was expanded.
During project week in March, students identified interests and teamed up.
Two students made their own companies. Tassels by Tessa sells homemade jewelry. Creations by Keyarra sells paintings. The girls leading these companies had help from other students.
Plants grown by and bird houses painted by St. Francis students were also on sale. St. Francis students also added solar lights to the bird houses. The birdhouses were built and donated by Northern Lights College.
The event itself was focused on culture sharing.
“The whole thing is to build pride in culture,” White says, “That’s our mission.”
Students and staff decorated the space with memorabilia from different cultures. Street hockey outside represented Canadian culture.
The café included entertainment. Two St. Francis student musicians and others performed music. There were dance performances, including one by the Slave Lake Ukrainian Cultural Society dancers. The event was free and included free desserts made by the St. Francis community.