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Magic Mugs help learning disabled student

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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MUGS are proving magic at unlocking learning disabled student Jack Smith’s potential.

Already orders of up to 100 design printed mugs have been completed by Jack, 17, who’s started his enterprise thanks to William Morris House College in Stroud.

Second year student at William Morris House, in Eastington, Jack had thrived on the mugs project, the college’s head of education Gill Paterson said.

“The reason why this business is so great for Jack is that he has responsibilities,” she said.

“He has to process and meet orders, adhere to health and safety regulations, and problem solve on the job.

“It’s fantastic to see him so focused and happy,” she said.

Jack’s “Magic Mugs” were launched in October and the enterprise is part of the William Morris House College mission to meet their students individual needs and to prepare them for adulthood.

Jack creates the mugs, attaches the designs using a mug press and ensures quality control.

“I love making the mugs and being my own boss,”Jack said.

“It’s very rewarding.”

Jack’s Magic Mugs are going so well that he’s now looking at other William Morris students becoming involved.

Funding for his project’s printing tools came from parents of another student who'd run a similar enterprise caring for chickens and selling their eggs.

Ms Paterson said because William Morris House College was small and specialist it was able to take students as individuals and offer them what they personally needed to develop and grow.

In Jack’s case that was Magic Mugs, Ms Paterson said.

“Our aim for all our students is to aid them in their transition into adulthood, giving them the skills they need in order to become more independent in the next stage of their lives and if possible help them into work.”

She said: “We hope to build relationships with businesses and show them the full potential of our students and, of course, we hope they buy some of Jack’s mugs too.”

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