Eight-year-old Victoria Sprague is creating a baked-goods buzz and it’s all about helping others. Her chocolate chip cookies, brownies and Rice Krispies treats are already selling like hot cakes, but that’s only the beginning.
She’s spending the summer raising money to help buy shoes for other Morgan County students when they go back to school in the fall.
“I just want to help, and my brownies are great.”
Family members are helping too, especially her younger sister Isabella. She’s also an enthusiastic baker and taste tester. An uncle who’s known for his pizzelles is also pitching in.
Her father, Van Sprague, is proud that she wants to make a difference for others. He knows shoes can be expensive.
“Honestly I’m guessing that it will take selling about 2,000 cookies to get about 50 pairs of shoes,” he said.
“We have contacted the corporate level of Super Shoes, and I am waiting to hear back from them. A manager from the Martinsburg branch was very helpful, so hopefully they will be willing sell us shoes at a discount or maybe do some kind of a match,” he said.
“But everything Victoria earns will go to buying shoes, because the ingredients for the baked goods are all taken care of so there’s no expense other than our time,” he said.
“Every dollar we get will go toward putting shoes on kids.”
It’s also a learning experience for the young entrepreneur. A home-schooled student, Victoria is getting real world experience in math—from measuring baking ingredients to counting out change for customers—as well as marketing techniques.
“See? We wrote our names in chalk on the sidewalk so people would know we are here,” she said proudly.
But that’s only the beginning, because it’s also an opportunity to learn more about others and the hardships they face in life.
One customer really drove that point home, and in a special way.
“A lady told us about how her shoes were too small, and how she was always slipping out of them,” she said. Turns out, she’d decided to make a donation so other kids wouldn’t have to be in the same situation.
“I don’t think the girls or I will forget how this woman said she got made fun of because her shoes were too small – and how she would literally fall out of them because they just didn’t fit,” he said.