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Pop-Up Shop Lets Kids Give

December 13, 2018 09:06 AM

(ABC 6 News)-- Teachers at John Adams middle school in Rochester are doing something special to make sure their students have a gift to give a loved one during the holidays.

“I don’t think any school would actually think of this,” said 8th grader Krystal Mai.

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Hundreds of potential gifts – from board games to bubble bath, gift cards to coffee mugs – have transformed a middle school classroom into a pop-up “giving shop.”

Last year, a couple hundred kids took had the opportunity to shop around, but this year, the teachers decided to raise the bar.

“This year we decided to go big – we wanted to get every student in the school through here,” said P.E. teacher Brian Russell, one of the organizers of the gift shop.

And getting every John Adams student a gift to give is no easy feat with 1,200 students.

“It’s really cool that we had enough donations that provided for every single student,” said 8th grader Ava Fevold.

“A lot of students may not have access to get to go to the store and buy something, or maybe they don’t have the funds to do it,” Russell said.

The shop’s merchandise is all donated – mostly from teachers and their families and friends, but local businesses chipped in, too.

“The opportunity like this to give them something, bring a little positivity to them, you just can’t pass that up,” said Russell.

J.A. students will have until Dec. 21

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Alice Keefe

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