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Westside High Students Open & Manage Spear-It Shop

“This is an historic day for Westside High School,” Westside High DECA Vice President Kiara Fuller told the assembled guests at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the school’s new store. “The Spear-It Shop is a school-based enterprise designed to teach students all aspects of running a business. As one of Ms. Wall’s Marketing students, I am proud that I was able to be a part of this process.”

Students, teachers, school and district administrators, and community members gathered at the school on Tuesday January 18 to celebrate the opening of the store as an opportunity for students in the Marketing Career Pathway.

“The store opening has been a six month process, and it is so exciting to see the result of the hard work and planning,” says Marketing Education Teacher Katie Wall. “Opening a school store requires putting in a lot of extra hours so it's nice to be able to sit back and watch it run.  I don't know who's more excited...me or the students.”

Students will be involved in all aspects of the store, including what to sell, the design of the product, the inventory, the marketing, and, of course, the selling of the product. To determine what the store carries, students will poll other students what they are interested in buying and tracking what is actually selling. The shirts are designed by the marketing students based on student preferences, and they will be in charge of tracking inventory. They will have the opportunity to manage all aspects of the store to earn their internship credit.

“The store runs like a business, and it provides them the practical application of what they are learning in class,” says Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director Dr. Sharon Joyner.

“So many students go through high school and never obtain work experience,” adds Ms. Wall. “A school-based enterprise is a great way for students to gain real world experience while learning business principles and life skills.”

“For me, this is a dream come true,” Principal Laura Perkins told the crowd just before cutting the ribbon. “I’ve wanted a spirit store since I came here five years ago.”

Southwest High School will open its school store on January 28. With its opening, every high school will have a school store where students can purchase products that show their school pride. At six of the schools, the stores are being run by the marketing students, providing them a real-world connection to their classroom lessons.

For more news from the district, click here: http://tinyurl.com/ThisWeekJan18


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