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Arlington students help run Safeway

Arlington High School's DECA chapter participated in a 'Safeway Takeover' on Dec. 14.


Christopher Andersson

Arlington High School sophomore Shane Kerschner and Arlington High School junior Kyler Duskin give out hot chocolate in front and collect donations for the Arlington Food Bank as part of DECA club's Safeway Takeover on Dec. 15.

Arlington High School DECA members on Dec. 14 once again integrated themselves into a local Safeway, getting a first-hand look at how businesses run and operate.

The Arlington chapter of the international marketing and business club brings its members to Safeway stores twice each year. Students shadow Safeway employees and learn what goes in to running a business.

"Students really get the hands-on skills of how a business runs. They learn what's appropriate and what's not appropriate," said Arlington High School senior and DECA club leader Carley Petersen.

Petersen adds that students have used their experiences from the 'Safeway Takeovers' as an extra boost to their resume.

Christopher Andersson

A Safeway employee shows three DECA members how to help customers at the self check-out machines.

Arlington High School junior and DECA club leader Michael Cartwright said that students don't really know what they're going into but end up enjoying it.

"I think going into it students are surprised that it's more fun than they think it will be," he said.

The event also lets the general public get to know about DECA as well, and their community service. The club runs their 'Santa's Helpers' projects along with the takeover, helping collect donations for the Arlington Food Bank.

"It lets the community know that we [DECA] are out here. The people really get to see us," said Arlington High School junior and DECA club leader Eric Weaver.


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