Several Hoffman Estates High School students can be spotted on Friday mornings arriving early to school, dressed in bright green T-shirts, and sporting a positive attitude that will bring several people some fresh-baked happiness to start their day.
Those students are in the Principles in Entrepreneurship (PIE) class and have successfully launched a Friday morning bakery called Bake My Day, which is open to faculty and staff at Hoffman Estates High School and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211. The bakery officially opened on Sept. 27.
"It is amazing to see the bakery come together on a Friday morning, and you never know what to expect," said Sam Delisle, senior at Hoffman Estates High School and member of the Bake My Day team. "The grand opening was off the charts, and even though I didn't know what to expect, I had such a great time."
This is the first year the PIE class is running at Hoffman Estates High School. The program, which combines business and family and consumer sciences, allows Hoffman Estates High School students in the course to create and run a small business from all aspects, including marketing, planning, baking and running the Bake My Day bakery on Friday mornings at Hoffman Estates High School.
While students are gaining valuable skills in both business and family and consumer sciences, they also get to have fun.
"Launching the bakery was hard work, it really was," said Brad Demmon, senior at Hoffman Estates High School. "We made everything from scratch, and at times it could be hectic. At the end of it all, everything ran steady. The best part about working the bakery is the atmosphere."
Faculty and staff can visit the Bake My Day Bakery in Room 211 on Fridays from 6:45 to 7:25 a.m. Baked goods, quiches, parfaits, coffee and more are available for purchase