She can create more than 100 scents on a rotating basis to fit the season.
"Fruit Slices is most popular," she said. "It smells sweet, citrusy and fresh. Sandalwood smells earthy and woodsy. Christmas Splendor reminds me of spicy cinnamon candy.
"Right now people want citronella, floral scents, and fresh linen. In the fall they like spicy scents like spicy apple and gingerbread. At Halloween they like candy cane. I fine-tune orders at the appropriate time."
Plans call for teaching older students at the school how to use candle making as a business model. The students will be taught to make the candles as well as how to run a business. Eventually, the sale of high-quality candles may become an ongoing fundraiser for the school.
"We hope the kids can independently make the candles," O'Neal said. "It's the least I can do. This is a wonderful school."
Mountaineer Montessori includes 85 students age 3 to 12, said Julie Margolis, who serves as co-director with Darlene Spangler.
Margolis said the candle-making project could teach students lots of skills from science and math to business. It also would boost creativity.
For now the candles can be purchased at the East End Yard Sale on Saturday or through the school.
More than 60 families have donated goods for the event to be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1557 Virginia St. E. There will be clothing, video games, toys, books, sporting goods and other items.
The exclusive "Lighting the Way for Education" candles with an "M" logo will be a highlight. Baked goods, fruit, and coffee will also be sold.
For more information go to www.mountaineermontessori.org or call 304-342-7870.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
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