Students Learn Their Fates During Sofa Factory Field Trip
Education - Education
Written by Millbank Daily-Weekly   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 18:30

Another generation of young Millbankians will learn what awaits most of them next week during the Elementary School's annual field trip to Mr. Sofa Guy's Sofa Kingdom Warehouse Emporium Factory. Mr. Sofa Guy's Sofa Kingdom Warehouse Emporium is Millbank's largest employer.The trip has been a highlight and tradition for students since the factory opened in 1912.

"It's a window into the future," explained Mr. Sofa Guy. "On this field trip the kids can see, if only for one day, exactly how the flower of life will blossom for many them. From being a wide-eyed kid full of hopes and dreams to a full-grown adult working thirty or forty years doing the same thing every day in a furniture factory just a few miles from where they were born. It's a real inspiration."Mr. Sofa Guy's Sofa Factory

During the field trip, students will learn the many job opportunities awaiting their older selves. The tour includes the loading dock, the accounts receivable department, the textile testing facility, janitorial services and the factory floor.

The most popular aspect of the field trip is its hands-on nature. Children learn how the factory operates by performing the jobs themselves, from loading trucks to demanding remittances to producing high-quality sofas. Students in the third grade and higher are shown how to use heavy equipment for cutting wood and stapling upholstery. They are then encouraged to create their own furniture. The resulting products will available to the general public at a generous 7% discount off retail prices.

"We love for the kids to make a lot of furniture because their parents will buy it," said Mr. Sofa Guy. "It's not great furniture, but how often can you brag to your friends that the lounger they're sitting on was made by Little Bobby or Suzy?"

On field trip day, Mr. Sofa Guy's factory has two child labor law experts on hand to certify that each child takes the minimum breaks as required by law. Teachers and Factory supervisors ensure the children learn what happens to workers who are unproductive.

"The kids get the factory complete experience," promised Mr. Sofa Guy. "After this field trip, sitting down will never be the same."

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