By Anna Skinner
A Westfield-themed spirt wear shop will open Dec. 4 near the Westfield High School cafeteria in the school’s indoor-athletic wing. The Rocks Shop will sell a variety of spirit wear including t-shirts, shorts, hoodies, sweatpants, hats and more.
“First and foremost, the Rocks Shop will promote school pride and unity,” said Kurt Frederick, a WHS teacher and one of the facilitators at the Rocks Shop meetings. “This sense of unity and pride will extend to the greater community. The Rocks Shop will also raise funds that will be used to increase student learning, opportunities for students and staff, and to secure valuable resources.”
Money raised from the Rocks Shop purchases will be directed toward financing school improvement projects, acquiring resources such as classroom technology and study nooks, funding co-curricular opportunities and events such as field trips and guest speakers and more.
“Student members of the Rocks Shop club will have a say in how the money is spent and will likely generate ideas for other ways to use the profits,” Frederick said.
The shop will be open from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Online purchases can be made at any time at therocksshop.net. In-store purchases must be made with cash or checks made payable to Westfield High School.
A mobile shop will also be set up at various events throughout the year, including some basketball games, eighth grade scheduling night, holiday band and choir concerts, award nights and more.
“A core group of 10 students have already helped with the launch and will continue to be involved in every aspect of designing apparel, selling merchandise and making business management decisions,” Frederick said. “Students can contact me if interested in working behind the scenes of a retail store or designing new items that we’ll add as the business grows.”
For more, follow the Rocks Shop Twitter handle @whsrocksshop.