6th December 2018
Pathway to Work and Independent Living students kick-started Christmas at York College, decorating the College Christmas tree and organising a Christmas Sale with an array of festive treats to tempt staff and students.
Their Christmas Sale involved the students in a range of work skills; purchasing items to sell and collecting tombola and raffle prizes. Wrapping and pricing Christmas products, they created beautifully packaged gifts for customers to buy as stocking-fillers.
The activity enabled them to work effectively as a team, learn good customer service skills and perfect their money skills to use the cash till. They even ran a morning coffee café to round off a seamless Christmas shopping experience for their customers.
Some students were keen to work on selling their own ideas; Jamie Lowes was in charge of Santa Sacks, putting the contents together and wrapping them all exactly the same. Annabelle Jagger made her own Christmas cards collection and decorated a trolley to display them, and Justine Pinder sold ‘Little Bags of Christmas’ with specially created tags to explain the sentiments of the gifts enclosed.
Pathways tutor, Angela Peacock explains: “The Christmas Sale is such a valuable learning exercise for our Pathways students, it helps them to develop personal, social and commuication skills. They have worked hard to make their displays as appealing as possible and everyone who came along said how festive it was. I am very proud of their efforts.”
All proceeds from the Christmas Sale will go towards the students’ end of year group trip.