The 9:55 bell rings. Morning break has begun. A mass exodus of students head down the hill from the Upper School to the school store, buying bags of chips, M&Ms, sodas, and iced coffees. This journey down the hill to the school store has been a staple in the Boys’ Latin community since the early 1980s.
Mrs. Whitman has worked at Boys’ Latin for just about 20 years, most of which she has spent as head of the school store. Although the school store can get very busy with lines stretching out the door during morning break, after school, and on game days, Mrs. Whitman is constantly trying to improve the operation to entice new customers. Whitman likes to load up the store with a variety of snacks for the boys because she believes the store helps maintain a positive environment for the students.
“I am always trying to think of new items that the boys will like. I am always looking for fun suggestions from the students,” said. Whitman.
But not all students are part of the school store crowds during morning break and after school. Instead of visiting the school store during morning break, Senior TyQuan Miller spends his morning breaks completing assignments and talking with friends. Miller says he only goes to the school store once a month. “I really don’t feel like walking down the hill to wait in line for 10 minutes,” said Miller.
Junior Bryce Milton, on the other hand, is a frequent visitor to the school store, going around three times a week, usually before volleyball practice.
Milton enjoys the proximity and easy method of payment. “I am always starving after school, and it is so easy to walk down the hill and charge snacks to my parents account.”
Although Bryce loves the school store’s proximity and easy payment system, he thinks there could be some changes made. “Some of the items are too expensive and there is not a wide enough variety of snacks. I would love if the school store carried Party Mix.”
On the matter of pricing, Mrs. Whitman bases her prices off of the producer recommendations. Even though the school store is making a profit, it is no different than any other store’s prices, she said. If you head down to Royal Farms, you can buy a 20 oz. soda for $2, just like the school store.
Despite Bryce’s claims of a small food selection, Mrs. Whitman says she is always open to suggestions and she is waiting for students to ask for specific foods or drinks.