VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- As students in North Carolina head into their second day of school and classes draw closer for Virginia students, more public school districts are launching schools geared specifically toward students’ interests.
Three weeks before classes officially began, 20 girls were invited to participate in a camp in which they got a sneak peak of what the new school be will like when it opens its doors for the 2016-2017 school year.
"My idea is to deliver hot food to people with MS (multiple sclerosis)," said student Allison Daniels.
Among the skills they learned in the class: how to write a business plan and pitch their business ideas to investors.
"This is going to help them have a leg up when they start in the fall," said instructor Anyssa Reddix, who's organization Envision Lead Grow is sponsoring the camp.
At the end of the week-long camp, one of the girls, who will be entering 9th grade when classes begin, will win $500 in seed money to just-start their business idea.
"That piqued their interest quite a bit. That made it quite competitive," Reddix told us when talking about the reaction from students who participated in the camp.
While the school will be co-ed, the camp catered only to girls. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women own just 36 percent of all business in the country, so it's easy to see why it is a passion protect for Reddix.
"They just keep saying how inspired they are and how grateful they are to be here. And for us that means everything."
Reddix is the daughter of Angela Reddix, founder of the Norfolk-based consulting firm ARDX, which put up in the seed money for which the students competed.
"This is like a life-long dream, to use my God-given talents to benefit the community," said Angela Reddix.
In the end, it was Allison Daniels' idea to deliver food to people with multiple sclerosis, a disease which she witnessed a cousin combat.