By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester High School students desiring school supplies, spirit wear, or a gift for a special friend need look no further than around the corner in their school building with the opening Sept. 21 of a new school store—the Canal Corner.
Run by business students in teacher David King’s classes, the store offers bags, pennants, hats, supplies, trinkets and a corner where BrockStrong items are sold, which King said provides a nice tie to the community.
“Some things are still in the works as COVID brought a slowdown to a lot of things,” King said. “We had cabinets put in and there will be a lot of silhouettes for every sport we have, including band. We’re still working, but we’ll get there.”
Before the end of school last year, students were asked what they would like to see on the store’s shelves. In preparing for stocking, staffing, and running Canal Corner, King’s business classes did market research and are studying aspects of human resources.
Profits earned in the store will be put back into the Business Professionals of America organization and then used where needed in the school.
In addition to the store itself, a grant funded the purchase of a wide-format printer, vinyl cutter and a heat press to make custom Canal Winchester items.
Together, the three machines have the capability to: print vinyl, posters and banners; cut decals: and create a variety of heat press items such as t-shirts and sweatshirts.
Academic Intervention Coach Amiee Byers—who works with seniors in a work-based learning program and those at risk for graduating on an alternative pathway—said her students will gain real work force experience on the machines and be able to go to a sign shop with basic entry level experience—if they are interested in that career field after graduation.
“We’re still waiting on an Internet connection to be able to run the machines (housed in room 119),” said Byers. “Hopefully, with some of the money made through the school store, we’ll be able to purchase additional equipment to make the store bigger and the production piece bigger. The big vision is that we’ll be able to break out of the high school and open it up to the community where we can supply shirts and signage for companies and the community.”
Byers said organizers reached out to the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District, which expressed interest in partnering with the school for team gear.
“It’s a really exciting time for the school store and the production piece of that,” said Byers.