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A Cleveland school's 'Good Gift Shop' teaches kids the reason for the season

Campus International School's unique holiday shop
Posted at 11:10 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 23:10:28-05

The Campus International School in Cleveland has a pretty unique gift shop. The "Good Gift Shop" started as a store where kids could get gifts for themselves or family.

"First, it was just buying stuff that was commercially produced items," said Sheila O'Rourke of Campus International.

But a group of parents decided it should be more than just that.

"The rule of the shop is that it has to be upcycled, recycled or handmade," said O'Rourke.

And the kids are proud of what they made.

"I'm selling dog treats that we made ourselves," a third grader exclaimed.

The students spend hours creating a business model, making their products and then selling them to students and staff.

"We can teach them about entrepreneurship, about goods and services and about all of those things that are in the curriculum, but this gives them an opportunity to really understand a business," O'Rourke said.

Thirteen-year-old Gabriela Demarco made slime this year.

"I have business cards on top of them," she said. "If people want slime at parties or if they are having an event they can call the number on the card."

Though, they're also learning how to give back.

"They are really excited to give the gifts to their family and friends," said Rachel Begley, co-chair of the shop.

A portion of their proceeds go towards the Norma Herr Women's Shelter.

"I like that what I'm doing can help out people who have less than me," said 9-year-old Taaj Abdul-Wasi.

Last year, the students raised enough money for the shelter to buy bus passes for women who needed them. The organizers are hoping to donate even more this year.