by Melanie Jongsma
Photos and captions by TF South senior Miles Brazan-Harmon, yearbook copy editor
LANSING, Ill. (December 18, 2019) – On Thursday, December 5, TF South’s business group—353 Rebels Inc.—hosted their tenth annual Holiday Bazaar. The Bazaar creates shopping opportunities for community members as well as business experience for TF South students
“We always want to have a business opportunity for the students to practice those job skills,” explained Jennifer Gross, the Life Skills teacher who coordinates the Bazaar each year. “The Bazaar is very popular. People beg for us to have it every year.”
Student Bryce Currin agreed, expressing appreciation for the opportunity to learn how to use a cash register and interact with people professionally.
It takes approximately two months to create all the product that is sold at the Holiday Bazaar, and anything that doesn’t sell is saved for the following year’s clearance table. Any food that doesn’t sell during the day is donated to TF South Maintenance staff.
The business name, 353 Rebels Inc., is a nod to the room number of Miss Gross’s Life Skills class. Each year the class decides on a local charity to donate $353 of their profits to, and the rest of the profit is invested in business growth. “That’s why it’s gotten bigger every year,” said Gross.
TF South High School is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.