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Students open Christmas ‘pop-up’ shop in Kirkby

by Laura Johnston

A group of students from Bluebell Park School in Kirkby demonstrated their creative and business skills by opening a pop-up shop in Kirkby.

Bluebell Park provides early years, primary, secondary and post-16 education provision for students with severe and complex learning disabilities.

St. Modwen, the company which owns and manages the town centre, donated the empty unit in the town centre for the students to sell their beautiful hand-crafted gifts, including Christmas tree decorations, door stoppers, sweet filled glasses, decorated Christmas stockings and jewellery.

The Key Stage 4 and post-16 students spent a week setting up shop, ensuring their goods were prominently displayed, and then opened for business, for one week only, from Monday to Friday (4 to 8 December 2017).

Money raised from sales will now be put back into the school to contribute towards a number of projects including the Duke of Edinburgh Award (to fund equipment and clothing), the Junior Awards Scheme for younger students (to contribute to day trips) and the school’s own “Team Enterprise” – a self funded shop run as a business selling ‘tuck shop’ items as well as hand made goods.

Kate Bouch, Post-16 Teacher from Bluebell Park, said: “This has been a fantastic project for the students to get involved with, from thinking about the types of things they would to make and sell, putting their ideas into practice and then running a shop for the week.  In addition, it is giving the students a great opportunity to develop their social skills too.

“Thank you to St. Modwen for supporting this project by providing a shop for our students to use, as well as the support and visits we have received from the local community.”