Spartan Merchandise Available at New School Store | New

SCITUATE – School closures and social distancing prevented the physical location of the new Scituate school merchandise store from opening in the high school cafeteria until last week, which coincides with the launch of a Online Store.

Designed in 2020 by then-senior Brenden Machowski and his classmates, the Spartan School Store was a way to put students in the spirit of school. Now more than ever, Machowski said, students are looking for unifying efforts.

Two years later, the store opened in the high school cafeteria and has more than a dozen students who help design, sell, and stock merchandise. All workers are also members of the School Store Club, where students select merchandise and plan their next steps.

“Finally this year we are able to get the students involved and open the store,” Machowski said.

Machowski, now a staff member who serves as school store coordinator and club adviser, said all money earned at the store goes directly back into the store. He said the club had applied for grants hoping to buy a printing machine to create customizable designs, and would also allow students to make the clothes on site rather than through printing companies. of t-shirts.

Apparel includes sweatpants, hoodies, t-shirts, mugs, water bottles, stickers, blankets, and other Spartan-labeled gear. Machowski said the store will soon branch out to include hats and socks.

“It’s quite popular depending on the day,” he said.

Store manager Austin Simas, a freshman, said a big part of his job is designating jobs for students. The store is busy during lunch, so each worker also participates in their food. Simas is on the path to entrepreneurship and sees the club and the store as learning through work.

He said the group surveyed students to find out their interests related to school materials. He said the tie-dye blue Spartan shirts are the most popular. The store also provides pens and pencils, eraser and other typical school supplies. Simas said the store cannot sell food or snacks due to the school’s contracts with food vendors, but it can sell gum, which is very popular.

Simas said SHS alumni donated vintage yearbooks to the store.

He said he hopes the store can expand to school supply backpacks to create a one-stop deal for parents and students. The Spartan School Store Club also hopes to collect lists of supplies for middle and high school students, and pack bags with everything needed for a successful school year. At the beginning of the year, students could collect their bags and not have to do their shopping.

The online store is online at scituateschoolstore.square.site, and orders over $50 can be picked up at the school’s front desk. Others will come with shipping charges.