MADISON, Mississippi (WJTV) – Special students in Madison County learn how to make and sell products online.
The store is called “Bridge Market”. Tarea Stout, the transition coordinator for the Madison County School District, said they were learning real life skills.
“They learn different skills for every item we make,” Stout said, “whether it’s how to measure, quality control, inventory, colors sold, and profit and loss. . “
Stout said that before COVID-19, they took their students for work placements. However, that was canceled when the pandemic hit, forcing them to pivot.
“We were able to secure a grant to help cover the costs of starting Bridge Market,” Stout said.
Students create objects such as picture frames, coasters and shirts. Profits are fed back into the program and provide supplies to keep the business running.
Tiyona Polk, a student in the program, said she liked the classes.
“I’m having fun with it,” Polk said.
Parents love it too!
“They say it’s cool,” student Angela Russom said.
The students said that they not only enjoy the course, but also the skills that come with it.
If you would like to help support the students and the program, visit their online store: https://www.facebook.com/BridgeMarket.MCS
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