Walt Whitman Student Store Reopens

Ms. Ortiz (center) works with students money management skills. Here, a student returns change to store customer Jacqueline Harris.
Ms. Ortiz (center) works with students money management skills. Here, a student returns change to store customer Jacqueline Harris.
Students at the ribbon cutting ceremony reopen the student store.
Students at the ribbon cutting ceremony reopen the student store.
Principal Acker makes a purchase.
Principal Acker makes a purchase.
Ribbon cutting made the store opening official for the Whitman school community.
Ribbon cutting made the store opening official for the Whitman school community.

Why wait until Black Friday for holiday shopping? The Walt Whitman store is now open for business! Located just down the hall from the main office, the store is stocked with lots of items that students use on a regular basis.

 The store is staffed by students from Whitman’s Life Skills Program for students with special needs. Many of these same students were featured in a story this past summer. (See “Extended School Year: Special in So Many Ways,” posted 8/27 in News Archives on the district’s website.)

“The students first decided the store needed a name,” said Principal Kathleen Acker. “They conducted a survey of their peers throughout the school and came up with four options. The students then held a vote to determine the winner. And the winner was Walt Whitman Super Store.

 “I think the school store is a great opportunity for our students,” said Matthew A. Krivoshey, PsyD, Supervisor of Special Education in South Huntington. “It helps prepare the students for working in our community and provides opportunities for social interaction for all students.”

 “The purpose of this program is to provide students with a set of prevocational skills to prepare them for working out in the community,” said Ms. Teri Nugent, Administrative Director of Vocational & Transitional Services at South Oaks, a facility that provides vocational rehabilitation services. “This program gives the students basic skills and gets them out in the school community to generalize those skills.”  Ms. Anna Ortiz, a certified rehabilitation counselor and expert in vocational rehab at South Oaks, teaches the life skills vocational component that special education students receive at Whitman.

 “Preparing our students for the world of work is a vital component of their curriculum,” said Jacqueline S. Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. “The school store is an excellent opportunity to develop vocational skills while providing a service to all of Walt Whitman.”

 

The Walt Whitman Super Store will be open during the following hours:

Monday- 5th period, 10:55 am-11:40 am

Tuesday through Friday- 4th period, 10:05 am – 10:50 am

Wednesday and Friday- 6th period, 11:45 am -12:30 pm