'We ran a pop up charity shop in a local town for a week . We asked for donations of household items, shoes, furniture, books, bric-a-brac and DVDs from our school and local community.
All items were brought to the school and sorted into different categories by the 6th year pupils who also helped to staff the shop everyday. Any donations of school uniform and warm coats were put aside and used for our school uniform swap shop. The local Rotary Club collected the items from the school in their trailer and transported them to the shop where parents pupils and community volunteers unpacked and displayed them on the shelves.
We had three hour volunteering slots in the shop from 10am-4pm Mon-Sat and each shift had two 6th year pupils . It was a great way for them to get involved with the community and also get some voluntary work experience. We opened the shop on the last Saturday from 10am-12 midday and then the Rotary Club came back with the trailer and we cleared the shop - all clothes went to the rag bag, with other items donated to school and community groups. We had quite a few vintage items and costume jewellery and it was decided that we would have a vintage stall at our Christmas Fair and sell these there.
Our Achievements and Plans
Parents, pupils and teachers from the school were all involved in the project. From the local community, Kirriemuir Rotary Club helped us.
We raised £2050 for Parent Council funds.
We will involve more pupils next year, not just the 6th year pupils
We have pre-booked the charity shop again for next year and we have already got parents signed up to volunteer as they thoroughly enjoyed the whole buzz of it . Parents got to meet new parents and get involved in the school . We were not asking for money, just donations and time. We were over whelmed by all the donations we received throughout the week, not to mention all the cakes that were brought in by the local pensioners for us to eat! They would come in everyday and have a wee chat with us and the school children.
The hire of the shop was £150 for the week.'
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