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School of the week: Peach County high school opens school store

A group of Peach County teens have a chance to learn business skills and more all before they graduate high school

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — With the high inflation rates we're seeing right now from the shelves to the gas pump--people are looking to do two things: make some extra cash and save their cash. 

A group of Peach County High School students have a chance to learn business skills and more before they graduate through their school store that opened this year. 

"When the opportunity was presented to me I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but I thought it was going to be a great opportunity. I did not expect it to turn out like this. It has been so much fun and I really enjoy doing it," student Austin Simar said.

Simar wants to pursue a career in business so he is able to learn a lot through the school store.

"It's a lot of hard work and hours of stocking and folding, and inventory. You have to look at the sizing, print the labels, price it, work ok the pricing," he said.

Kristi Riley, the business education teacher and the future business leaders of America advisor, helped bring the Trojan Trading Post to life.

"It gives the students real world experience on how to look for target markets, demand on products, what's selling what's not, point of sales system inventory control, pricing, thing like that," she said.

Riley says it gives students hands on experience to learn life long skills. 

The store sells items like hats, t-shirts, foam fingers and more. Most of the stores customers are students but they say parents and even school staff are coming to buy. 


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