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Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19 the district has decided to suspend Marla's Mall operations through the end of this school year (June 2021). During this pause in services, Marla's Mall will not be taking appointments to shop or to drop off items. Students and staff will not be allowed in the Marla's Mall storage building unless authorized by the BHS principal, Greg Mitchell. If you have any questions, you may contact Susan Myers at 541-524-2309, myers@bakersd.org, and Facebook Messenger (Marla’s Mall Community). Hours will be announced at a later date. Thank you so much for your support - we hope to see you soon!

The Baker 5J Special Education Department sponsors a unique opportunity for our local high school students to learn work skills, gain work experience, and participate in credit recovery and/or Extended School Year by working in one or more of our student-run businesses; The Bulldog Blender, Bulldog Bubbles, and Marla’s Mall.

The Bulldog Blender sells blended drinks during the last 15 minutes of lunch and after school, and is a great way to learn to work under pressure, handle cash, and a variety of other skills. Time worked is tracked and employees earn Blender Bucks, which can be used on field trips or for drinks. (Suspended during Covid-19).

Bulldog Bubbles is a school-based laundry business that works alongside Marla’s Mall and provides the same opportunities for our 5-J high school students. A commercial washer and dryer were purchased with a grant, and while the students and staff are not professionals, they do the district’s laundry, several local businesses, and some from the general public, all for a small charge. Monies collected from both the Blender and Bubbles are used to purchase supplies, fund projects, and allow the students to learn money management. (The laundry service for the general public has been suspended during Covid-19).

 

Marla’s Mall is a unique thrift store that is named in honor of a former BHS teacher whom we lost to cancer in 2007. Marla Cavallo was a Health and P.E. teacher who knew not only how to teach, but how to set a good standard for others; this facility endeavors to follow her example by helping to meet the needs of our students and the people in our community. Originally started in order to provide for student needs at BHS, a few odds and ends of clothing were kept in the BHS Learning Center for the kids, however, officially Marla’s Mall began in 2009 when Kim Virtue and Tammy Pearce brainstormed and realized the collection could help a lot more people. The clothing was moved to Marla’s old classroom and named for her. When this became too small, the entire store was moved to North Baker Elementary, where it continued to grow and include much more than clothing. It was moved temporarily to 3110 10th when space was needed for The Baker Early Learning Center. Everything is free of charge to anyone, regardless of income; however, we do emphasize that items should not be taken for resale. Organizations, churches, and individuals are able to use what we have to offer, which includes hygiene items, interview appropriate clothing, housewares, and more. Some items are reserved for unfortunate families/individuals who have suffered a fire or other emergency. Items such as sleeping bags and backpacks are also set aside.  We are able to do this because Baker’s School District 5-J provides the building, electricity, staffing, etc. to provide for the class, and the donations are supplied by the community.  Cash donations from the public and a Community 101 grant are used to buy hygiene supplies or other needed items.

 

Last, but not least, is the opportunity for summer employment and Extended School Year. Funds earned in The Blender and Bubbles are used to hire students during the summer, further adding to their resumes and experience, and creating an opportunity to learn needed skills with job applications and interviews.

 

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Marla’s Mall is a unique second-hand store that provides work experience, credit recovery, and extended school year opportunities for our 5-J high school students, while also providing a wide variety of clothing, household, and hygiene items to the public, free of charge. It is named in honor of a former BHS teacher whom we lost to cancer in 2007. Marla Cavallo was an exceptional individual who knew not only how to teach, but how to set a good standard for others to follow; this facility endeavors to follow her example by helping to meet the needs of our students and the people in our community.

        

            Originally, in order to meet the needs of some of the kids at BHS, a few odds and ends of clothing had been kept in the BHS Learning Center, however officially, Marla’s Mall began in 2009 when Kim Virtue and Tammy Pearce brainstormed and realized the collection could help a lot more people, so the clothing was moved to Marla’s old classroom and named for her. When this became too small the entire store was moved to North Baker Elementary where it has continued to grow and include much more than clothing. Everything is free of charge to anyone, regardless of income; however, we do emphasize that items should not be taken for resale. DHS, the Rachel Center, May Day, and other organizations are able to use what we have to offer as well, which includes supplying hygiene items, interview appropriate clothing, and a “stash” of items reserved for unfortunate families who have suffered a fire or other emergency. Items such as sleeping bags and backpacks are set aside for our local homeless population. We are able to do this because Baker’s School District 5-J provides the building, electricity, staffing, etc. to provide for the class, and the donations are supplied by the community.   Cash donations from the public and a Community 101 grant are used to buy hygiene supplies or other needed items.

 

Bulldog Bubbles is a school-based laundry business that works alongside Marla’s Mall and provides the same opportunities for our 5-J high school students. A commercial washer and dryer were purchased with a grant, and while the students and staff are not professionals, they do the district’s laundry, several local businesses, and some from the general public, all for a small charge. Monies collected are used to purchase supplies, fund projects, and allow the students to learn money management.