Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Sign points way to Swede Store

Student and teacher reaction to a new sign above The Swede Store has been good, according to four seventh-grade students who did the lion’s share of its creation.

“Some kids said it was awesome,” said Julyssa Rocha.

Rocha and Georgina Dishman, Courtney Melvin and Kaelyn Young, all members of the junior high visual arts club, said club members were trying to think of an activity to do.

Their art teacher, Travis Coe, suggested creating a sign to advertise the store where students spend “Swede Bucks” given by teachers as academic incentives and rewards.

Items to buy, showcased in a glass display, include such things as gift cards, T-shirts, scarves, movie coupons, sunglasses and more.

An entrepreneurship class, under the direction of special education/Spanish teacher Bailey Koch, stocks and sells the items.

The girls said they worked on the acrylic sign after school and wanted to make it in their own creative style.

As a result, they splattered paint on the sign and added the Swede Viking mascot on both sides of the letters.

Hanging the sign was the biggest challenge, they said.

Koch said she thinks the girls did an amazing job.

“It’s a great example of students working together toward a common goal,” she said.

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