By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo High School students who need pencils or notebooks during the middle of a school day now have a place to get them.
Meanwhile, those in marketing and economics or cooperative education classes can now practice running a store.
The school held a grand opening for its student store Monday. Housed in the campus’s vocational building – I building – the store will sell a variety of items, including THS-themed clothing, various school supplies and required reading books.
It will be used as a lab for students enrolled in marketing and Economics I and II and in cooperative education, or co-op, courses. Students will manage the store, from running the cash register to doing inventory and pricing, designing floor plans and handling customer service.
“It will be a hands-on learning experience,” said Angie Davis, who teaches marketing and Economics I and II. “Many of my students are 10th-graders, and they’re not old enough to have a real job. This will give them experience.”
Available clothing items include “Tupelo High School” T-shirts, sweatshirts, athletic shorts and pajama pants. In addition to pens, pencils, binders and batteries, there are birdhouses, bottle trees and cookbooks created by the school’s vocational students.
“It is nice to have a place on campus where you can buy Tupelo shirts,” said Hayden Hershfelt, 17.
Fellow senior Hunt Mercier, 18, said it will be helpful to get items like pencils and highlighters.
Merchandise ranges in price from 10 cents to $20. All sales are final, and only cash is accepted. The store will be open during lunch every day and possibly before and after school.
“It will help the co-op students to have the experience of learning retail and customer service and running a business,” said Christy Jordan, co-operative education coordinator for THS. Co-op students are juniors and seniors who attend classes for part of the day and work for the other part.
The store resulted from the collaboration of several vocational classes, said Evet Topp, THS associate principal and career center director. Last year’s construction students set up the mirrors, racks and grid walls; marketing students designed the floor plan and collision repair students refurbished and painted donated display cases.