CEO Student Kelsey Wermert recently donated the proceeds from her business, Time for Tea, to Blessings in a Backpack, of Effingham.
Wermert’s business was created as part of Effingham’s CEO Program, an entrepreneurial program for high school juniors and seniors. In the year-long program students create small businesses based on their talents and interests. They are mentored by community leaders and business people along the way.
The donation will feed approximately 14 children on the weekends for an entire school year.
“So many people have done so much for me over the past year in CEO Class, and it was a cool feeling to be able to pay it forward in a way with my tea party,” Wermert Said. “Being that my event was for children, I wanted the charity I donated to be kid-friendly as well. Blessings in a Backpack is huge for our community, and a lot of people don’t realize the need we have for their services right here in Effingham.”
Blessings in a Backpack provides in-need students with food to take home after school on the weekends during the school year. 20+ million kids in the U.S. are at risk of hunger. They currently serve 350 students in the area in 8 different schools.