Friday November 16, 2012
As the temperatures plummet, daylight wanes, and the first snowflakes of the season dust your window sills, it’s hard not to begin thinking about the upcoming holiday season. If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community while picking up handmade gifts, check out the Rebel Retail store which held its grand opening November 9th. Rebel Retail is located off the main lobby of SBHS. While the store sells healthy snacks, laptop bags, backpacks and other school supplies, it also serves as a showcase for handmade jewelry, t-shirts, cards, and knit crafts created by students and staff.
Lynn Amey, who has been a teacher in SB for 15 years, started teaching business part-time three years ago and felt it was important for students to have an opportunity to learn about business from a “hands-on” approach.
“I started a school store with a kiosk of sorts in the main lobby. With a great deal of persistence and an amazing administration; we finally have a real space for Rebel Retail. Last year I also started a chapter of DECA at SBHS. DECA is a high school and collegiate organization for preparing emerging leaders in Marketing, Management, Finance and Hospitality. We are the only active traditional high school in the state. All of the other VT chapters are tech centers. We started last year with 10 members and this year we have over 55 active members!” Amey said.
Currently, DECA students staff the store during their free period or lunch breaks, therefore the hours can be sporadic, but it is generally open 10-3 Monday through Friday. Amey related that the plan is to have the store online by black Friday for ease of shopping. In addition, you can feel good knowing that all of the profits from Rebel Retail help pay for DECA students to participate in state and international competitions.
Rebel Retail is seeking volunteers to help staff the store when students are not available since most are highly academic and have packed schedules. If interested, contact Lynn Amey at LAmey@sbschools.net.
SOURCE: COREY BURDICK