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Wayne student groups earn grants from Believe in a Dream

<p>By Jonathan Robison of The News-Sentinel</p><p>Business students who received Believe in a Dream grants stand with the check Wednesday.</p>

By Jonathan Robison of The News-Sentinel

Business students who received Believe in a Dream grants stand with the check Wednesday.

<p>By Jonathan Robison of The News-Sentinel</p><p>Wayne High School's New Tech Academy economics teacher Todd Roberts, right, receives a check from Believe in a Dream on Thursday for eight student-created businesses. With him are Steve Franks, entrepreneur, center,</p>

By Jonathan Robison of The News-Sentinel

Wayne High School's New Tech Academy economics teacher Todd Roberts, right, receives a check from Believe in a Dream on Thursday for eight student-created businesses. With him are Steve Franks, entrepreneur, center,

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:29 pm

Believe in a Dream suprised Wayne High School's New Tech Academy students with $1,000 to help eight of their businesses.Believe in a Dream gives money to Fort Wayne students to help them in a business, grow their math and science skills, or become a successful musician. It has several programs and events in the community to motivate students to improve their skills.

Todd Roberts is an economics and English teacher at New Tech. He has taught his senior class on how to become successful in business. He has each student come up with a business idea and then promote it to people who might invest in it. "It's exciting to know that they have a real chance of pushing their business to the next step," Roberts said. "All of them have a passion towards their product."

One of the eight businesses that received a grant Wednesday is AV Photography, created by Alyssa Vance, 17, and Rebecca Vaughn, 18, who received $25. They go beyond the average photography business. Customers have a choice in the background and pose they want. Right now the student duo needs to work on advertising to customers, writing business cards and gaining sponsors, all of which are what they plan to use their earnings for.

Another business that earned a grant was Beauty and Beast Bundles, which sells organic beauty products. Young entrepreneurs Daisy Phouayuongsa, 17, and Roberto Medina and Jessica Sarrazin, both 18, said the benefit of their beauty products is that the ingredients consist of regular home remedial items, such as sugar, oils and lemons. With the exception of the bath bombs, each product is safe if accidentally swallowed. With their grant of $150, the students can buy more ingredients and reserve a domain for their website.

The business with the highest grant was The Paw Packers with $300. Paw Packers, owned by Morgan Moriarity and Nashly Caldwell-Marrero, creates bundles of necessities that owners can buy if they want to adopt a pet dog. These bundles come with dog food, a leash and a collar. The dog food that they provide, named Paw Snacks, is actually healthier for dogs than store-bought dog food, the students said, because the ingredients make the dog food more balanced. Moriarity and Caldwell-Marrero will use their money to buy the supplies they need, help other dog owners, and expand the bundles to include toys, beds and crates. They also need to test each bundle in various animal shelters.

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