MOUNT CARMEL — An tradition at church camp gave one Mount Carmel High School student a business idea.

Kate Summers, daughter of Jim and Jackie Summers, pastors of First Christian Church in Mount Carmel, keeps a positive affirmation board in her room.

“Everyone at church camp signs your affirmation board and it says nice things and we take them home and I have them hanging on my wall,” she said. “I wanted to find a way for people to know that someone else cares for them.”

The senior’s business, Affirmations, will be selling a variety of cards and 30-day calendar challenges for random acts of kindness and prayer. The business motto — showing the world love, one affirmation at a time.

“It’s nice to send an email, or wish someone a happy birthday on Facebook, but it’s completely different to actually write a card out — you actually know someone is thinking and caring about you,” Kate said.

Each card, handmade and designed by Kate, will cost $2. Types of cards range from sympathy, to thank you, to Mother’s Day. Kate said she would also take personalized orders.

The 30-day calendars, which can be used for any month, will cost $5. The random acts of kindness calendar includes ideas such as making cookies for a neighbor, visiting the nursing home and complimenting strangers.

Cards and calendars will be available at the Mount Carmel CEO tradeshow on April 24, but Kate is taking orders now on Affirmations’ Facebook page and by email at

Kate hasn’t always had an interest in business, but wanted to learn more about the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program after speaking with organizer Ben Ross.

“I had never taken a business class before, and I just thought it would be something new to try,” she said. “I didn’t really have a main goal for the class, I just wanted to see what it was about and figured I could get some life skills.”

Kate will study religion, philosophy and English at Eureka College in Illinois this fall.

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