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.
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.
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 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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