DECA students help out at expo

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published:

Visitors to the Kent Business and Community Expo likely will see at least a few helpful students from Theodore Roosevelt High School's DECA program.

Lori Wemhoff, executive director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, said the members of the high school marketing, management and entrepreneurship group will act as all-purpose volunteers during the event.

"They're going to help with the set up Friday night," Wemhoff said. "They run the concessions during the event and they're going to help the businesses coming in to unload their cars."

In return for the students' help at the event, the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce makes a donation to the Roosevelt DECA program.

Brent Pfeiffer, adviser for Roosevelt's DECA program, said the group will put the donation toward a trip to a conference and competition in California at the end of April.

"Shortly after the expo, several of the students and myself will be heading to Anaheim, Calif. for what is called the International DECA Career Development Conference. Ten of our students will be competing in international business competitions."

Pfeiffer said 28 students -- all juniors and seniors -- are involved in the program this year.

"The student projects continue to grow through the chamber of commerce," he said. "We keep looking for new opportunities through the chamber and with area businesses where we look for things the students can do in the community."

Pfeiffer said now the DECA program is benefitting now from all of the new business activity in the city of Kent. He said he tried to get the students as much real world experience at local businesses as possible.

"The experiential learning is probably the biggest piece to our program, and it's what is going to prepare the students best for what they're gonna see when they get out of high school," he said.

Local business owners who think they may have an educational opportunity for Roosevelt's DECA program can reach Pfeiffer at rooseveltdeca@gmail.com

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