A pop-up bakery is already a sweet success.
Clover Bar Junior High’s PLACE program is designed to meet the needs of students with moderate cognitive disabilities. The program aims at building communication, literacy, numeracy and vocational skills in the classroom and the community. Part of the PLACE program includes a classroom-based business called PLACE Inc., which specializes in baking. The business helps students apply the knowledge they learn in academic areas to work-related tasks.
PLACE Inc. was launched last February, it re-opened for business in November.
“This year we’ve been doing some jobs, mostly baking again around our school and for family and friends. Then we got the opportunity with Scotiabank to sell our baking in their branches so the community could know about us and what the kids were doing,” said PLACE teacher Lindsay Jones.
Students took the bakery into three Scotiabank locations in Sherwood Park on January 25-26 and will again on February 1-2. In their first day set up in a bank branch, they made $600.
Scotiabank agreed to match any proceeds made during those four days on location.
Any money raised will go towards the PLACE program. Students also get to pick a reward for their hard work at the end of the year. Last year, they went to the Calgary Zoo.
The bakery runs throughout the school year and is open to the public, family and friends, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students do everything from grocery shopping to answering emails and will bake anything asked of them. Their specialties are cookies, cupcakes and carrot cake.