Providence student’s creativity leads to summer internship

In addition to the rigors of high school academics, Providence Catholic School Senior Dezarré Boone has a creative streak that led her to begin, at a young age, producing all manner of art and craft pieces.

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“I love to make things,” Boone said. Boone’s handiwork runs the gamut of ‘things you can make’—jewelry, decorations, colorful little bags, hair bows, key chains—the list grows with every bright idea. “My family and friends have always been supportive,” Boone explains. “They also serve as inspiration for many of my products.”

Many of Boone’s items are made using recycled materials such as plastic bottles, leftover fabrics and decoration accessories. Boone’s interest in environmentally friendly crafting led her to accept a summer internship offer at the nonprofit spare parts. Spare parts leads the city in art education for repurposed and recycled materials.

"We have a diverse group of interns this summer,” said Mary E. Cantu, spare parts founder. “Dezarré already owns a small business--she makes upcycled accessories and crafty gifts--and she's a high school student! That impressed us. We can't wait to learn from her and help her reach her internship goals including utilizing social media to promote her business.”

Boone’s business space, DEZIgns is located in Alamo Craft Company, a consignment shop located at 6151 NW Loop 410. “Dezarré is clever and industrious,” said Rhonda Christensen, Alamo Craft Company founder and owner. “She creates unique items and is learning to operate her business in a profitable way by gauging trends. This enhances the store as a whole.”

“Dezarré also makes barrettes and pins, gifts and jewelry, just out of the goodness of her heart for school clubs and organizations,” said Barbara Alvarez, Providence English teacher. Boone responded, “The teachers at Providence encourage us to be creative and generous with others.”

About Providence Catholic School: Providence, a college preparatory school for girls grades 6-12, provides a program of academic excellence grounded in faith and trust in a Provident God. Providence prepares young women of diverse backgrounds for the world of tomorrow and encourages them to develop intellectual curiosity, deepen their faith, practice integrity, and seek justice. Established in 1951, Providence is sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence.

If you are interested in learning more about Providence, contact the Admissions Director Stephanie Takas-Mercer at 210.224.6651 X 210.