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St. Michael hosts career day

What is an entrepreneur?

At a Career Day on May 5, students at St. Michael Catholic Elementary School not only learned about different professions within the Hamilton community, but how to start their own business.

Looking at big corporations like Apple, Chanel, YouTube, BMW, students were asked to find a common connection.

“They all started with an idea,” said Nicole Teschl, founder of SowSweet Greetings which makes greeting cards on plantable paper. An entrepreneur.”

The most successful entrepreneurs have passion, she added.

“When you're passionate about something, you strive to do better.”

“For me, my love of cheesy puns blossomed into an eco-friendly business. Our motto is, ‘Put smiles on faces and flowers in the ground.’ When someone receives one of our cards, they can either keep it, plant it or compost it.”

Students were each given a sample of her plantable paper as a takeaway to help sprout their own ideas.

Coincidently, the paper also tied into this year’s Catholic Education Week Theme.

With the theme being Restore, Renew and Rebuild, one of our initiatives for the week was to rebuild a garden that is eco-friendly with seed paper and align it with messages of what Catholic Education means to each student at St. Michael,” said Principal Anna Boyle.

“Everyone is with you no matter what happens,” “Kindness is always worth the effort,” and “Good outcomes make good days” were just some of the messages students wrote on their paper before planting.

On a grander scale, the Career Day also helped Restore, Renew and Rebuild in-person relationships with local partnerships across Hamilton, after 2 years of COVID restrictions. Those included: Hamilton Police, Hamiton Fire Firefighters, Diocese of Hamilton and the Forestry Department at the City of Hamilton.




St. Michael hosts career day
The Hamilton Police explained that using horses helps them see better in crowded areas because they are higher up. They can also use the horses as barricades when trying to block off an area.
The Hamilton Police explained that using horses helps them see better in crowded areas because they are higher up. They can also use the horses as barricades when trying to block off an area.

Students were given an opportunity to explore a Hamilton Police cruiser.
Students were given an opportunity to explore a Hamilton Police cruiser.

Students played dress up with the City of Hamilton's Forestry Department, learning about all the safety gear needed on the job.
Students played dress up with the City of Hamilton's Forestry Department, learning about all the safety gear needed on the job.

Students learned the importance of not only a Fire Fighter's job but how they can be heroes in their own house by reminding parents to check the batteries of smoke alarms and have a fire escape plan.
Students learned the importance of not only a Fire Fighter's job but how they can be heroes in their own house by reminding parents to check the batteries of smoke alarms and have a fire escape plan.

Students got a real-life example of the importance of Fire Fighters when they had to quickly take off from their presentation to answer a 911 call.
Students got a real-life example of the importance of Fire Fighters when they had to quickly take off from their presentation to answer a 911 call.

SowSweet Greetings, a company that makes greeting cards using plantable paper, gave students a sample to write their own messages and then plant.
SowSweet Greetings, a company that makes greeting cards using plantable paper, gave students a sample to write their own messages and then plant.

Bishop Wayne Lobsinger visited students and explained the career path he took to become first a priest, and then a Bishop. He explained how he originally went to school for music and played organ at a couple local churches. After completing his BA university, he later went on to do 5 years for his Masters of Divinity.
Bishop Wayne Lobsinger visited students and explained the career path he took to become first a priest, and then a Bishop. He explained how he originally went to school for music and played organ at a couple local churches. After completing his BA university, he later went on to do 5 years for his Masters of Divinity.

St. Michael hosts career day