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One Stop Patriot Shop
02/07/2018

From left, Hannah Brown, ninth grade; Tanner Sewell, 11th grade and Damon Deramus, 10th grade, organize canned goods to be given to people in need. The students take pride in working in the One Stop Patriot Shop at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

From left, Hannah Brown, ninth grade; Tanner Sewell, 11th grade and Damon Deramus, 10th grade, organize canned goods to be given to people in need. The students take pride in working in the One Stop Patriot Shop at Goose Creek Memorial High School.

 


 


Goose Creek Memorial High School students sort donations in the One Stop Patriot Shop. Pictured are (from left) Tanner Sewell, 11th grade; Hannah Brown, ninth grade; Damon Deramus, 10th grade and Sergio Segoviano, 12th grade.

Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

Goose Creek Memorial High School students sort donations in the One Stop Patriot Shop. Pictured are (from left) Tanner Sewell, 11th grade; Hannah Brown, ninth grade; Damon Deramus, 10th grade and Sergio Segoviano, 12th grade.

 

One Stop Patriot Shop

 

By Susan Passmore  

 

The One Stop Patriot Shop isn't always open, but when it is, some amazing things happen there. The shop, housed in two classrooms in portable buildings at Goose Creek Memorial High School, is run by students in the Life Skills program and their teachers. During the past year and a half, it has provided clothes, food, toiletries and cleaning supplies free of charge for numerous families in need.

 

"Mrs. Jackson, our principal, gave us the Backpack Buddies (Houston Food Bank) project so that students could learn vocational skills, such as sorting and reading labels, but she had heard about this type shop at another school, so we tried it, and it just exploded from there," said teacher Tiffany Aguilar.

 

Fifteen students in the class work in the shop at least three times each week. When clothing donations come in from the staff or the community, they check them to make sure they're clean and in good shape, and they decide if the items could be worn at school. The class has access to a washer and dryer, so sometimes even soiled items may be salvaged. Students and families are referred to the shop by teachers, counselors and social workers for various reasons.

 

"One time we had a student who needed a pair of shoes because the sole of her shoe had come loose. At the end of school last year, we helped several kids who didn't have white shirts, ties or dress shoes for graduation. If students violate the dress code and can't reach a parent, we can usually find them something to wear," said Richie Lawrence, a paraprofessional who helps the students with the shop.

 

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey resulted in increased business for the workers. Not only did more donations come in, including backpacks and school supplies, but community members took advantage of the opportunity to replace a few items they had lost in the flooding. The shop opens primarily for GCM families, but no one was turned away during Harvey.

 

 

"Harvey was a huge push for us. We had the room, but we had to organize everything coming in. We helped 200-300 families during that time," Aguilar said.

 

Lauren Desselle, Life Skills teacher, and Michelle Cienfuegos, paraprofessional, also take pride in assisting students with the One Stop Patriot Shop. Although the students are willing to do anything necessary to maintain the shop, each student has a favorite job.

 

"I love putting up the cans," said Hannah Brown, a freshman.

 

Although both rooms of the shop are neater than most people's closets, the students are still in need of more clothing racks, shelves and other storage containers to keep everything organized for easier access.

 

"I'm very proud of our students and all the work they have done in OSPS. Since it opened, it has provided many vocational opportunities for our students right here on campus. The students are able to develop their vocational skills while providing a service for our campus, students, and families on our campus that are in need," Desselle said. "We are excited to watch the store and the students' skills continue to grow over the years to come."

 

The success of the One Stop Patriot Shop may be measured by the intake and the outflow of goods, but, more importantly, its success can be gauged by the smiles on the faces of the students as they learn the importance of giving back to the community.

 


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