Students in Laura Bellinger’s marketing class will open a student-operated store at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School in the next few weeks offering clothing, food items, school supplies and more.
Students say The Wolf Den store will be open two days a week before and after school and during lunch at fifth and sixth periods.
Thanks to start up funds from the school and a $200 donation from the Upper Montgomery County Retired Teachers’ Association, the marketing students have been busy the last several weeks interviewing for jobs at the store, ordering inventory and making other preparations to launch the retail venture.
Students involved in the project include Jeremy Wegener, who will serve as general manager; Alyssa Swartz, accountant; Nathaniel Trumble, inventory manager; Tyler Mayton, payroll manager; Steve Cairo and Kyle Raux promotion and advertising, and Rylie Smith, Teresa Krutz, John Vicciarelli and Jessi Hagadorn, sales representatives.
The new store will be in the concession room immediately outside the school auditorium. Food items from the store will be available in the cafeteria. Students say all food sold will follow the school’s wellness guidelines.
Students are looking forward to turning a profit with the store and are developing a proposal to present to the school administration for what to do with the money at the end of the year. Students say they hope some of the money can be used to “pay it forward” and help fund the start up of other student-run ventures at the high school.
Students have launched a Facebook page for the store and students are prepared to answer questions via email at TheWolfDenOESJ@gmail.com.