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November 8, 2012

Students learn from running store and café

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The store also serves as a place for people to donate clothing, coats, boots, gloves and items for those who cannot afford them. If the donations bring in any profit, that money is given to Susie’s Angles, Henry said. 

Susie’s Angles was created after MCS teacher Susie Knodel died about a year ago. Henry said Susie was such a giving person and dedicated a lot of time to helping others. Her husband, Jim, wanted to keep that spirit going in her name, she said. 

The students help separate and organize clothing by size and gender, according to Henry. 

“We hope to have the students organize a swap at the church or cultural center eventually,” she said. 

Students also do work around the school, fill out timesheets and get paid for their efforts, according to Henry. She said the students perform a lot of the work the custodians do not have time for such as cleaning classrooms, recycling and washing windows. Every day, the students clean the cafeteria after lunch, Henry added. 

Location is key to a business’ success, according to Henry, who said she wishes the store had better access. It really is not the ideal place for local people wanting to come in, she said. 

The next step will be to eventually increase inventory and to think about possibly getting an online presence such as a website or something, according to Henry. 

If interested in selling items at the store, contact Henry at 286-3349. The store is open during school hours.

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