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Lake Stevens High School DECA students learn business first hand

Published on Wed, Dec 12, 2007
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Lake Stevens High School DECA students learn business
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BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Those making their weekend run to Safeway last Saturday probably encountered more than a few smiling high school students decked out in their bright and colorful t-shirts.

What were all of those students doing at Safeway on a Saturday, you may ask? Well, they were there working with Safeway employees on a DECA Takeover.

Fifty-eight students from Lake Stevens High School DECA, a class in which they study marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service, were shadowing employees in all departments at Safeway.

“It’s a great way to get the students to get to know the job opportunities that are out there,” Safeway Store Manager Janet Katanik said.

Last spring, Katanik approached Karen Morton, DECA Advisor, with the idea of having her students come to Safeway and learn all about what it takes to run a grocery store.

“I’ve always wanted to do a DECA takeover,” Katanik said.

Morton jumped on the opportunity and turned things over to two of her DECA students, Lindsey Nelson, President and Heather Sessions, Director of Communications.

The students were excited to be able to have people in the community see just exactly what DECA does.

“We wanted to have the community support and to let people know what DECA is,” Nelson said.

Because studying business and marketing is a huge part of their education in DECA, learning the ins and outs of business was a big reason for wanting to incorporate this day into their curriculum.

“We wanted to learn how businesses run outside of the high school,” Sessions said.

The DECA Club took the opportunity they were handed and even went a step or two further incorporating a food drive, selling clothes and other Viking gear from their in-school store, and had a root beer float fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation and the DECA Scholarship fund.
They even invited students from the high school choir to carol to customers and had a cake walk every 45 minutes throughout the store.
All of the cakes and the root beer float supplies were generously donated by Safeway.

Students worked in the deli, bakery, produce, meat and seafood departments and even checked and bagged groceries for customers.

“Most of us want to own our own business someday and shadowing helps us learn different aspects of each job,” DECA student Janae Harpham said.

Morton feels that the best thing about this event is the opportunity the kids have to make a difference in their community and that it allows the kids to see just how business works.

“I think that when people can see youth in a positive light, it is great,” Morton said.

DECA and Safeway are both looking forward to the students taking over the store again next year.

“It’s just been wonderful,” Katanik added.

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