PERRY, Ohio – Perry High School junior Brian Cox said he loves helping others.
“I’m so young, and I want people to see that you can start now and chase your dreams,” he said. “Don’t wait for tomorrow because tomorrow is not guaranteed, so don’t take it for granted.”
He recently launched a business called BC Motivational Apparel. His business features a variety of clothing with various words, phrases and slogans to inspire others to keep reaching their goals.
“I will design it, and then I will upload it to the Cricut,” he said. “Then, I’ll mess around with the designs. I’ll probably print like five. I’ll make sure I like it and then I’ll get a link … I’ll get a prototype. ”
He said creating the apparel takes time.
“Then I’ll put on the Cricut, peel it, line everything up,” he said. “Then I will go down to the media center, press it for about 30 seconds, and I have a shirt.”
He said his business was developed as part of the UDesign It class he’s enrolled in.
His teacher, Rachele Mielke, said her students were first required to come up with a question they wanted to answer or a problem they wanted to solve and ultimately work to create a project throughout the semester.
“We do probably take about five or six weeks in the beginning figuring that out,” she said.
She said 2022 is the second year for the class, and it’s important to students because it’s one additional experience aiding their development.
“They’re basically taking their own learning into their own hands and doing it themselves,” she said. “So hopefully the idea is that it’s sparking this love of learning, creativity, asking questions like self-discovery and those are all tools that they could then continue to apply throughout their entire lives.”
Cox said he wants to keep his business growing for years to come.