Visitors to the Used Uniform Shop will be able to enjoy some student artwork as the shop unveils a new mural this week. Designed by boarding student Rachel Kim when she was in Grade 10, the mural was put together by a group of student volunteers over the past few months.
“It was a real joint project between boarding and day students,” says Used Uniform Shop co-ordinator Janet Grogan. “The kids definitely learned about teamwork.”
With funding from the Annual Fund and the Parents’ Auxiliary, the project took 100 hours of work from about 20 students in Grades 9-11. The group drew the design on six fibreboard panels which now cover about half of the shop’s walls. Art teacher Anna Forbes arranged for the girls to use the art room to do their after-school work, supervised by parent volunteers.
The Used Uniform Shop does many things at SMUS. The shop raises money for the Parents’ Auxiliary Allocation Fund, provides more-affordable uniform pieces and donates older uniform pieces to the school’s many international service projects. Parent volunteers repair, wash and dry cleans usable clothing for resale. Clothing is either donated by families or recovered from the school’s lost and found at the end of the year.
“Especially for families that have a number of kids, it makes a difference,” says parent volunteer Linda Graham. “It’s also an opportunity to welcome new parents.”
With its new look, the shop will be an even more inviting place to be during the first Tuesday of each month, starting March 3th.