Students from St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School were among the eight finalists chosen to compete in The Dragon’s Nest Competition for creating an initiative that helps students in need around the world.

The grade 10 students from York Catholic District School Board created an online subscription service called “Bag 2 School,” where people can purchase boxes that are filled with essentials school items such as backpacks, markers, and binders. For every 10 backpacks purchased, three goes to students living in a third world country. The students had the opportunity to showcase “Bag 2 School” in front of a panel of five judges also known as “Dragons” at The Dragon’s Nest competition.

“The students worked in groups and by the end of the project students who didn’t know each other became friends,” said Nicole Seaton, teacher of St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School. “I am so proud of how much they have grown as students and their confidence level has increased.”

The Dragon’s Nest Finale is a business competition hosted every year in the Greater Toronto Area where students pitch ideas of a product or service to a panel of judges. The winner of this competition receives $3,000 in business grants to bring their ideas to life. You can see their video here: