Ryleys pupils raise over £500 in enterprising pop-up shops

Children at The Ryleys School have raised over £500 for Children In Need by making a range of gifts to sell in several pop-up shops.

In just one day, and starting with nothing but a blank page, the children were divided into school houses and were set the open-ended, creative challenge to make items to sell for Children In Need. The challenge formed the school's Topic Day, a day where the whole school works together to a set theme. This year's theme was Children In Need.

Taking on the roles of creative director, project manager and production line co-ordinator, the children quickly got to work, baking, painting, colouring and designing as they set up production lines for maximum productivity.

In a matter of hours, the children has created a range of gifts including, Teacher Top Trumps, cup-cakes, tile coasters, paper games, guess the number of sweets and a giant cookie.

In the afternoon, the children created their individual pop-up shops including making the signage and displays. The children then became sales-people as they sold their individual items to the other children within the school.

Headteacher, Mrs Claire Hamilton said: "I have been astounded as to just what can be achieved in one day. From starting the day with nothing but the challenge in their minds, to making quality items to sell is a true testament to just how creative and innovative the children at The Ryleys are. I have seen some real entrepreneurs of the future!"

The total, which came in at over £500, will be sent to Children In Need to add to their grand total so far.

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