Op shop pays off
Learning how to “reuse and recreate” clothes is proving a winner all round at St Aloysius College as students enjoy shopping in the school’s Op Shop while raising more than $6000 for charity and helping to reduce waste.
The SAC Op Shop was a vision of staff member Wendy Lacoon in 2019 who, in consultation with a group of students, worked to create a space where clothes could be reused and, in some cases, repurposed.
Students helped create the logos for the Op Shop and with the support of many staff a space was created in the expressive arts building.
“We are open at lunchtimes throughout the week and Wednesday mornings,” said secondary teachers Louise Tunney and Rosa Frezza.
“Our market stalls, held in the school yard throughout the year, are always well attended and there are many treasures to be found.
“Our store is operated by students and staff and so far, we have raised over $6000 dollars to be distributed to Mercy Works charities.”
Student volunteer Anjali Becker has provided the shop with much-loved sewn textile items such as scrunchies and pencil cases.
“The SAC Op Shop has created a wonderful environment where students can find like-minded people who want to inform and help make a difference in our often out of control fast fashion world,” Ms Tunney and Mrs Frezza said.
“It is a wonderful place to learn about how we can help stop waste and contribute less to landfill.”
The shop is also part of the teaching and learning space for subjects such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Religious Education and Integrated learning, where students learn about reusing clothes and how to recreate things to give them a new life. Donations are welcome from the broader community and can be placed in a yellow bin in the school’s front office area.Jump to next article
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