DADE CITY — Students at Moore-Mickens Education Center have been busy putting their personal touch on this season's batch of specialty cards and gift tags at the same time they rehearse for their upcoming holiday show.
Production is in full swing at Mickens Specialty Cards, a classroom enterprise that teaches on-the-job training skills to students in the Exceptional Student Education program. Students are also busy with their seasonal plant sale venture, Mickens' Pickins'.
It's a sing-while-you-work kind of environment. In between gluing, stamping and cutting, Stephanie Swartz rehearsed her selected solo, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and Sharon McNeal, 20, sang This Christmas, all in preparation for the ESE program's show on Dec. 12.
"It's fun putting the eyeballs on the reindeer and putting stickies on the card," said Kelly Butterfield, 21, adding that some stock will be sold at Butterfield Auctions, which is owned by her family and is in Zephyrhills.
There are other orders to fill for the folks down at Tampa Electric, who support the program each year, along with orders to fill from Mickens faculty and Centennial Middle School in Dade City.
And there's still time for members of the community to support the program. Proceeds go right back into the business to pay for supplies, said teacher Mary Lou Jordan.
Cards are 50 cents each, or 12 for $6. Gift tags are 12 for $1.50
"We figure if each student sells three dozen of their cards, then that would cover the cost of making them," she said.