The Elf Cottage Spreads Holiday Cheer

Taryn Zdenek, Staff Writer

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The Life Skills class in Room 132 is got a head start on the season of giving as they opened their annual Elf Cottage up for business. The students worked together to make decorations, as well as operate their business within their classroom. Every morning, the students clock in with the time clock by their cash register and begin their work.

While a few things are bought ready to sell, most of the decorations are created by the students themselves. They paint, cut ribbons, glue, and assemble things such as ornaments and other decorations. The purpose of the Elf Cottage is to give the Life Skills students experience working in the real world, explained Mrs. Matera, one of the teachers who oversees the business. “We wanted to teach them how to use a cash register, and how to help people in a smaller environment, where they could do it… they work up to their abilities.”

The Elf Cottage’s success has grown from its first run five years ago, expanding their variety of decorations offered and increasing the participation of the students. Unlike other years, when students only clocked in when they were working the cash register, they clocked in as they came into class, as the Elf Cottage ran nine periods and there was more to do than just manning the register. 

Overall, the Elf Cottage in Room 132 is a great way for the students involved to bring joy to students and staff of the high school while learning some skills to aid them in the world outside of school.

“We wanted to teach them how to use a cash register, and how to help people in a smaller environment, where they could do it… they work up to their abilities.””

— Ms. Matera