Special needs program, “Common Vocations,” to open school store

FBLA helping Common Vocations with process


Joella Torres, Staff Writer

After almost two years of planning and deliberating, a school store at SHS seems to be right around the corner.

Located just outside the lunchroom, the new store will feature all sorts of merchandise, from school supplies to snacks, as well as some special SHS clothing.

A school store has been the passion of two people since the Covid shutdown. Special Education teachers Ms. Heather Nowosad and Ms. Sherri McIntyre currently run Common Vocations (the program behind Common Threads and Common Grounds). They saw the store as a way to expand work experience opportunities for students with special needs in the district.

Nowosad and McIntyre approached SHS’s Future Business Leaders of America with a unique partnership and a chance to give real management experience to its members.

FBLA ran with the concept and turned it into a national qualifying partnership, with the officers taking charge of different development portions.

The president and senior vice-president will take charge of the accounting and management. The junior vice president and treasurer will take control of the marketing strategies for the store to grow. The secretary and reporter will take charge of the inventory and merchandise.

The goal is to open the doors at the start of the 3rd quarter. The plan is to keep the doors open during all lunch periods for students and staff to visit.