Hawk’s Nest open for business

Student-led store selling spirit wear, supplies ready to greet customers at GHS

GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL was scheduled to hold a grand opening of the Hawk’s Nest, a student-led store, on Wednesday March 17. The Grafton Education Foundation provided $16,000 for the project. Shown in the store, which is next to the school cafeteria, are (from left) GEF members Erin Schumaker and Lisa Tagliapietra, business teacher Rusty Meyer, GHS Principal Scott Mantei, Supt. Jeff Nelson and GEF President Michelle Bigler. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton High School now has a student-led Hawk’s Nest store that sells spirit wear, supplies and other school-themed items.

“We want to involve as many departments and students as possible,” business and information technology teacher Rusty Meyer said of the project.

“We want to have student-created items as well, like custom jewelry, shirts, tumblers and bird houses.”

The store was to hold a grand opening on Wednesday, March 17, after having a soft opening in February.

Principal Scott Mantei credited the Grafton Education Foundation with  providing $16,000 to set up the store.

“The Hawk’s Nest school store was made possible due to a partnership between the Grafton Education Foundation and Grafton School District. We thank the Grafton Education Foundation for the generous donation,” he said.

“The creation of the Hawk’s Nest allows our students to experience the day-to-day operations of a real-life business.  Students will be involved with all aspects of running the school store.

“We are also excited to provide our community with the opportunity to purchase GHS spirit wear in a more convenient and timely fashion.”

Meyer said his business-education students will be responsible in creating product development, and accounting students will handle the financial books.

“I want to make this a collaborative retail environment so they can have real-world experiences within the school,” he said.

Before coming to Grafton last fall,  Meyer helped establish a store with the Rosholt School District and managed a store with the Cedarburg School District.

“It’s a lot of work, but it is a great way to create interactive lessons with students in the classroom,” he said.

Mantei said Grafton High School previously had a store, but it hasn’t been in operation for several years.

The Hawk’s Nest will be open before and after school weekdays and during events depending on Covid-19 restrictions. The store is in a former concessions area next to the cafeteria.

Meyer also plans on launching a website so parents and community members can order apparel online. They will be able to pick up the goods at the office or outside the school.

“We are really excited for this store and think this will be a great experience for our students,” he said.

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