Spreading school spirit

Shen to open temporary clothing thrift store

BY KASSIE PARISI Gazette Reporter
 The Shenendehowa Central School District will open a temporary clothing thrift store in late August, in an effort to give all students a way to show their school spirit.
 The thrift store will actually be booths set up at the district’s various elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, according to Shatekon Elementary School Principal Erica Ryan, who is spearheading the project.
 The booths will offer gently used Shenendehowa school merchandise, Ryan explained. Ryan said she has seen graduating students discard their old Shen clothing at local thrift stores when they graduate, and she would rather see it go to other students still in school.
 Ryan said there were students, at least at her school, who could not afford to buy Shen merchandise from the school store.
 Sometimes, she said, students show up to Spirit Day at school without even a school T-shirt.
 The point of the thrift store is to give all students a shot at owning clothing bearing the various Shen logos. A representative from each district school is assisting with the effort.
 “Some of our families don’t have that money,” she said. “We’ll see if it’s something that’s helpful for families.”
 Ryan placed boxes at various Shen schools over the summer, and students dropped off their gently used Shen gear in those.
 The clothing was then inventoried and will be on display at booths at various walk-through events at schools later this month,when students come to place materials in their lockers and meet teachers.
 There will definitely be booths with clothing at both Shenendehowa High School East and West, Ryan said, as well as the district’s three middle schools: Acadia, Gowana and Koda.
 The locations of booths at the district’s eight elementary school are still to be determined. A complete list of all the thrift store locations will be put out by the district soon.
 Whether or not the thrift store project happens again next year will depend on how successful it is this time around, Ryan said, adding that she would love to see it become a regular occurrence at Shen.
 “I’m hoping it’s very successful,” she said.
Shatekon Elementary Principal Erica Ryan, right, and Jenn Collazo of the Shenendehowa High School PTSA sort through donations for the new Shen Thrift Shop on Tuesday.

Shatekon Elementary Principal Erica Ryan holds a donated Tesago Elementary T-shirt, which will be included with other clothes later this month in a temporary thrift shop at Shenendehowa schools, on Tuesday.