Weekly Feature

2010-12-01 / Education

Will South students compete to redesign school store

by KATE MOCKLER Reporter

It’s a competition modeled after the TV show, “The Apprentice,” but students in Michele Anzalone’s entrepreneurship class at Williamsville South High School are hoping to hear “Yo u ’re hired” at the Dec. 6 PTSA meeting.

That is when three teams of students will present their ideas for a renovation of the school store. They have been given a $250 budget to transform the store.

“We ’re trying to make it a little opener,” said Jessica Utech, proj manager for the Synergy team. She added that they plan to include more shelving and open a coffee window.

Gino Paul’s team, Seize, focused on worker comfort. In addition to introducing more vibrant color, which he says will help wake up the person working inside, his team’s design includes a chair with a back and a fan to make it more comfortable.

Erin Ballou, project manager for the Glisten team, would like to include display cases and order a combination chair and step stool.

“It’s definitely a challenge; it’s definitely got their minds thinking,” said Anzalone.

Anzalone says the students have collaborated with the technology classes and art department on layout and potential logo branding. They also worked with the school beautification department to ensure that potential designs fit the theme of the school.

At the Dec. 6 meeting, Anzalone, the PTSA and members of the school administration will serve as judges and hire one of the three teams. But this will be just the first step in the transformation of the school store. The vision that is selected will be realized by school staff during winter recess. When classes resume in 2011, the students will work with the PTSA to operate the store as a business.

They will take on the responsibility for marketing, public relations, human resources, sales and product development. Anzalone says they may seek help from the community at that point, but that the students will also give back by working with charities such as the March of Dimes and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The students say that they’ve learned a lot already.

“I’ve been into business and taking business classes. It’s been giving me hands-on experience; it’s really helped a lot,” said Marvin Sanford, who was chosen to be one of two co-presidents of the store.

“For me personally, it shows that it is possible to get together with people you don’t know very well and work with them, “ said Paul.

“[You need] a lot of creativity, be creative, be productive. You have to listen to your managers and get your stuff done on time,” said Braden Semonovich, a member of the Glisten team. “If you think you want to go into business, take this class.”

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