Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists

Seventh grade students, Hailey D’Antonio and Julia Hancock, created “Brighten Up My Day” candle business about one year ago.  Their enterprise became more than just an opportunity to earn income though, they also donate to charities 25 cents for every dollar earned.

Hailey and Julia, classmates and friends, were looking for something fun to do in their spare time that is “not just about us” said Hailey.  Candle making came to mind. Through research they learned that they can make cleaner, safer candles with soy.  They make a variety of scents in their spare time and have learned how to budget expenses based on sales.

The students were inspired to help others by their mothers who work together in the health profession.  When asked what they have learned over the past year with their business, the both Hailey and Julia quickly replied, “that there are so many people who need help and you can help a lot of people in small ways.”

Typically, they sell their candles at local fundraising events and through outside orders.  The duo’s hard work goes to supporting local charities like Voorhees Pediatrics, Bancroft School, and recently they supported a Saint John Paul II Regional School’s event for a family in need. Customers may also designate the charity they would like to support when they make the purchase.

These young business owners will also be selling candles at our annual Scholarship Appreciation event in January with a portion of the proceeds to benefit our school families in need of tuition assistance.  We are proud of these students and their entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit!