North Jefferson Street
Pulaski, NY 13142
P: (315) 298-8694
Open: 8 AM – 2 PM
Monday – Friday
The Make Sense Shop is a learning center operated by the Pulaski Academy and Central Schools, in cooperation with the Camden Central, Sandy Creek Central and APW Central School Districts.
The shop, located in the business district of the Village of Pulaski, offers a life skills job-training program for students. It features a small café and a gift shop.
Special Education students are involved in every aspect of the business: cooking and serving light meals, making items for sale in the gift shop, stocking shelves, running the cash register and learning bank transactions, as well as cleaning up at the end of the day. The center also includes a classroom area for more traditional instruction, with Miranda Cerone as their full-time teacher.
Enrollment in the Make Sense Shop program is up for the 2014-2015 school year. There are now 10 AM and 10 PM students from participating districts. We have also started an employee of the month program, they’re given a certificate and a free lunch!
Students hosted a luncheon for new teachers on September 18. The students enjoyed serving the new teachers and giving them a tour of the program.
Demonstrating the success of the program, there are currently 5 students out one internship at this time. We have two students at The Riverhouse Restaurant, one at TOPS in the bakery, one at A Cut Above, and one at our new internship site, TugEdge.
Students are enrolled in our Consumer Math and Food Science courses to earn high school credit in addition to the work study/vocational credits they earn at the shop.
After attending a NYSED CDOS conference, we were happy to find that the Make Sense Shop is right on track with state expectations for a Work Based Learning program. Whereas other districts are doing some scrambling to meet requirements, we only need to fine-tune a couple of paperwork requirements.
Our events so far this year included an ARISE Community Meet & Greet on October 30, a Staff Appreciation Night for Pulaski staff on November 6, and a Staff Appreciation Night for APW, Camden, and Sandy Creek on November 13.
The MakeSense Shop has received a tremendous amount of support from area residents as well as from all the school districts involved