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Ricayla Taylor Balances student life with owNing a business 

September 22, 2022 

It all started with a Cricut.  After noticing her mom’s digital die-cut machine remained untouched for months, Ricayla Taylor started watching how-to videos.  It’s been three years, and, while Ricayla’s mom still hasn’t mastered the machine, the current Dublin High School Junior has launched her own business - selling handmade shirts, bags, water bottles, license plates and everything in between. 

     In fact, the 16-year-old and proprietor of CayT’s Cricut Creations makes everything from her bedroom, including the shirts and bows Dublin High School’s Dance Team wore during the district’s recent 1,000 Games - 100 Years Parade.  

     The idea came from DHS Dance Teacher Sarah Jane Holmes. 

     “She came into class and was on her phone a lot, and I joked, ‘Ricayla, you’re acting like you’re running a business.’ Then, she said, ‘I am.’” 

     Together, they discussed what it would look like for Taylor to design, print and produce parade shirts.  Already a master at design and printing, the real lesson for our high schooler came when Holmes said she needed a receipt.  

     Because Taylor had predominately received requests through word of mouth and her personal TikTok, she’d yet to send an invoice despite the fact that many students who walk the hallways of Dublin High School are wearing one of her customized creations. 

     “I showed her how to create a receipt generator and why it’s important to use the template for every person,” said Holmes.  “We also talked about creating price sheets and getting her Facebook Page up and running so people can message her with their requests.” 

    And, message her they will!  

     Since beginning her business three years ago, Taylor’s fulfilled over 500 requests.  The young entrepreneur says her favorite items to make are school supplies packs, which sell for $55 and include a personalized container, water bottle, pencil case, binder, folders and notebooks.  

     Other best sellers for her include: 

  • Children’s T-shirts:  $12-$15 each (depending on size and color) 

  • Adult T-shirts:  $15-$17 each (depending on size and color) 

  • Long-sleeve Adult T-shirts:  $25-30 each 

  • Sweatshirts:  $20-25 each 

  • Sweaters:  $25-30 each 

  • Water Bottles:  $20 each 

  • Skirt Sets:  $60-70 each 

  • Wind Decals:  $15 each 

  • Car License Plates:  $20 each 

     However, Taylor says she can customize just about anything you can imagine.  Just send her a Facebook message! 

     Despite her budding business, Taylor considers herself to be “just a regular high school student.” 

     “I don’t really do any sports, and I take regular classes,” she said.  “So, seeing classmates wear one of my designs makes me feel special and appreciated.” 

     Along with being a full-time student and running CayT’s Cricut Creations, Taylor also works part-time at Zaxby’s.  With her paycheck and proceeds, Taylor proudly puts money back into her business, buys things that she likes and is able to help her family when unexpected expenses pop up.  

     Regardless, she says “this job was never about the money.” 

     “This is just something I genuinely love and enjoy.  When I get bored and don’t have any orders, I’ll freestyle on a shirt I messed up or learn how to do new things with wasted paper…[learning] how to do new things so that if someone asks for it, I already have it down pat because I’ve been practicing on my own.” 

     Because of her diligence, Taylor’s turnaround time is typically less than a week - which includes buying each item, creating its customized design, printing and delivery. 

     Mrs. Holmes said it best; “Ricayla has a lot of potential, and [we’re] really proud of her.”






DCS Parent selected to serve on state superintendent's advisory council 

September 21, 2022

Congratulations to Jawanda Brown on her selection to the Georgia Department of Education State School Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council! Brown is the only representative from our region selected to the council, which “will allow parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families.”


     “My Parent Advisory Council is an invaluable resource as I make policy decisions that impact students and families acrossGeorgia,” said State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “Working with these parents allows an opportunity for me to receive their feedback and perspectives which helps us to make the best possible policy choices.”

     This is the sort of collaborative communication among all stakeholders that is vital for student success. Thank you Mrs. Brown for serving our district and region!


Dr. Williams meets with advisory councils 

September 20, 2022

Yesterday, Dr. Williams brought our core belief of “collaborative communication among ALL stakeholders is vital for success” to life, meeting with both his Elementary and Middle/High School Student Advisory Councils. He also spoke with his Support Staff and Teacher Advisory Council to see how this school year is going and how he can be of greater support. Yesterday's topics of discussion included:
🔘Determining how every student, faculty, and staff member has a key part toplay in our strategic plan
🔘Discovering added ways Dr. Williams can share information — one of our favorite responses came from a Kindergartener who said, “come play with us during P.E. then we can talk”
🔘Brainstorming ways to share what is discussed during Advisory Council Meetings with their peers
🔘Discussing how Dublin City Schools’ charter flexibility has benefited them as well as additional initiatives they’d like to see in their buildings





DR. williams named development authority chairman

September 17, 2022

Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams was named chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, delivering his welcome during today’s DLCDA luncheon. As DLCDA chairman, Dr. Williams will lead the board as it serves existing industry and targets new industry for our wonderful community! Congratulations to our Lead Learner for being entrusted with such an important role!




Dublin high cafeteria earns A perfect score 

September 13, 2022 

Congratulations to Dublin High School-Georgia's School Nutrition Staff! Thanks to their hard work, DHS recently received a perfect score on their health inspection. This is the high school's FOURTH consecutive 100 in a row.


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