When Bede Kane, Luke Mannix, Connor Maxwell and Keegan Phipps, all 16, were given the directive of creating a non-profit, community orientated business they decided to examine the impact poverty within Upper Hutt.
After surveying students at Maoribank School, they discovered many were going to school without enough warm clothing and some were getting sick as a result.
The students, who named their business Warm 4 Winter, decided to make the subjects of their survey the first benefactors of their business.
The boys organised a mufti day at school and raised enough money to buy 100 beanies which they donated to the students at Maoribank.
Each of the 72 children on the school roll had received a beanie and they had plenty spare for new students.
Maoribank principal Karen Wellington said the beanies were much appreciated by the school and students.
"Some of our kids are in a situation where they are living in tough conditions. The kids just love the beanies, they're fantastic."
Warm 4 Winter was created as part of the Young Enterprises Scheme in which students set up and run their own businesses.
Group member Luke Mannix said the business studies course had taught them not just about running a business but to also think about how they could serve their community.
"It's a really good course. It gives students the opportunity to make a difference in the community. We are happy to be doing our bit to solve a local problem."
Wellington said it was great to see such a programme being run at college level.
"For young men, it's really refreshing. I think there has to be more [similar programmes] in the future."
Warm 4 Winter hope to offer more beanies to other members of the community in the future.
Article written by Matthew Tso, Stuff