Biscuit business a hit at Bolingbrook High School
BOLINGBROOK — A pair of Bolingbrook High School seniors are channeling their entrepreneurial spirit through a profitable dog biscuit business.
Transition program students Major Love and Ashley Ryan are the sole proprietors of "Teacher's Pet Dog Biscuits", a weekly sales venture in which the two students sell 50 cent bags of chicken, beef or oatmeal dog treats.
The generated proceeds fund future activities and field trips for the Transition program, which helps mentally and physically handicapped students gain skills for life after high school. The transition team partners with community organizations and parents to coordinate activities, field trips and funraising events.
The two high school seniors bake three times per week, distributing and selling the biscuits every Wednesday at Bolingbrook High School and the Valley View Administration Center in Romeoville.
Every week, the biscuits have sold out and, so far, Love and Ryan say the biggest obstacle has been meeting the increasing demand.
"They sell out so fast that I haven't had the chance to take any home," Love said.
February sales were so good that the organic dog treats will soon be sold at neighboring Valley View schools and a handful of local medical practitioners. All the biscuits are made from organic, gluten-free ingredients.
As a result, Love, Ryan and Transition program staff will soon hire other students to assume some prepping, packaging and baking responsibility.
"We have had such a good time baking the biscuits and working with the (Transition) team," Ryan said. "I can't wait for others to get involved, too."
Bolingbrook High School Transition Specialist Starr Caldwell assists Ryan and Love, also overseeing various high school Transition-sponsored programs like a coffee shop, popcorn sales, brownie bake-offs and muffin fundraisers.
Caldwell says that Teacher's Pet Dog Biscuits is the most profitable, fastest-growing business students have created yet. She attributes much of the success to Love and Ryan's ingenuity and dedication.
"They work really well together and their styles complement each other nicely," Caldwell said, addding that the two have become very close friends.
Love, Ryan and Caldwell are excited for the business's prospects, anticipating that it could become a mainstay for the Transition team for years to come.
"I hope that this program grows and extends to students of various (learning) levels," Caldwell said. "From students who will be in charge of bagging biscuits, to the ones that can follow recipes and uses the machines. I'd like all the Transition Program students to be incorporated into the growth of the business."
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