Children got an early jump on their Christmas Shopping at Stephen Leacock Public School last week.
Now in its sixth year, the Holiday Gift Shop was held in the school’s library from Dec. 11 to 14, allowing students in grades 1 to 3 to buy gifts supplied at cost by Stephen Leacock’s school council.
“The Holiday Gift Shop is an opportunity for students to do holiday shopping on their own,” said Catherine Roberts, co-chairwoman of the school council. “This provides a safe environment for the younger ones to do shopping.”
The toys ranged in price from 50 cents to $11, designed to fit a young child’s budget.
The items were purchased from a company in Vancouver and sold slightly above cost.
“Historically we make about $100 to $200,” said Roberts, adding the money goes into the council’s coffers to fund learning tools on the school’s wish list. “We price to try and break even.”
The items on sale at the Holiday Gift Shop included glow in the dark slime, teddy bears, coffee mugs, toy jewelry, ornaments, picture frames and Hello Kitty stuffed toys.
The young shoppers were escorted around the tables by their fellow students in grades 7 and 8.
“It also provides an opportunity for the intermediate students in grades 7 and 8 leadership opportunities,” said Roberts.