CROWN POINT | Have you ever gone to the store to buy a Valentine’s Day card and thought to yourself, “Five dollars for a card?” So then you don’t buy the card and end up in the dog house on V-Day.
This year you are in luck! The Bulldog Workshop students will sell handcrafted cards for just $1.25 Feb. 12 during all lunch hours at Crown Point High School. They have sold more than 1,000 cards since August and usually sell out each time they set up shop.
“The hard part isn’t selling. The hard part is keeping them in stock,” Exceptional Learners Transition Coordinator Cheryl Jurczak said. “Glitter, glue and stickers are popular with the students. We have some super sellers and we have actually had some ladies kind of elbow each other out of the way to get their favorites.”
The card program started when the community outreach students were getting creative with the cards they made for the people they support through Meals on Wheels and local nursing homes. Someone said they were so creative they should try selling them.
Jurczak contacted Café Crop in Crown Point and asked if they had anything to donate. The owners put the request on their web site and their customers started bringing in scrapbooking materials for the Bulldog Workshop. Within a week Jurczak had the back of her car loaded with donated goods. She has since been called back nine times because of the generosity of their patrons.
Last year the students sold 458 cards, and even after giving away many cards to people in the community, they were able to sponsor a trip to a Railcats game. This year they have already sold more than 1,000 cards.
“The kids are so professional,” Jurczak said. “They even made aprons. They love the whole selling process. We were selling at a political event and the students were going around shaking hands.”