As I was walking down Brackley High Street yesterday afternoon I passed a couple of empty shops and the following idea struck me…
What if all the schools in the town got together to takeover one of these run down shops for one week. The shop could sell items created by the children. This could include artwork – as prints, or printed onto T-shirts, mugs etc – items created in DT, digital art created in ICT, anthologies of poetry or writing and so on.
I think the idea of having several schools all contributing would enhance the ‘community’ aspect of the project and all profits could go towards a local charity. This charity could then change year after year. With more schools taking part there will be a larger bank of parents who may be able to contrbute in some way – to help cleaning up and decorating the shop or to man the shop for an hour each.
So key benefits of the project…
- Establish strong community links.
- Revamp an old tired, run down shop.
- Raise money for local charity.
- All key stages could contribute, from artwork created in the Early Years through to A Level business studies.
My head is currently buzzing with ideas for this and this post is simply a way opf beginning to get it written down. When I first tweeted the idea several people responded that it was a good idea and that they ould like to do something similar – imagine a network of these school shops across the country. That would be amazing.