Rep. Owens Visits Student Run Store in Beekmantown, NY

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 03/31 2014 05:53PM

Updated 03/31 2014 06:23PM


Why talk about the business world when you can live it?

Students at Beekmantown Central High School in New York are running a business between school bells.

It's called the "Eagle Mart.” It's a store, open throughout the entire school day, that’s run completely by students.

Brennan Pelkey and Greg Manney are seniors and co-managers at the "Eagle Mart.”

“I'm going to college to be a business major,” explained Brennan Pelkey. “So, this actually really helps me a lot. You know a lot. You get good leadership skills."

“If you're going to become a supervisor, if you're going against someone, you're going to have more experience than them,” said Greg Manney. “You're going to be able to put this on your resume."

That's the goal behind the program. It's been going on for years in Beekmantown and gets more and more structured as time goes by. A few dozen students work at the store. All must first take a marketing class to qualify.

The Eagle Mart goes through $50,000 in sales and the profits go right back to the school.

Between Eagles' apparel, products, and in-store and vending machine sales, the store profits around $15,000 a year. That money is sent right back to the Student Council for other programs and events.

On Monday, the store was paid a special visit by U.S. Congressman Bill Owens (D – NY District 21).

Owens says programs like this one are rare but important.

“Questions about inventory, how do you keep the books? Teaching people the skills you need to do the job. I think that's a really important part of the overall educational process,” said Rep. Owens.

They don't mess around, there's even a security manager whose job is to check the tapes from the 4 security cameras for loss prevention. They've got all their bases covered.

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