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Owen High Unveils Unique Boutique
Owen High Unveils Unique Boutique
Posted on 03/26/2021
An old technology storage room at Owen High School has been transformed into a boutique of sorts. The Nook will provide students with stylish, gently used clothes to choose from in the event of an emergency or other financial hardship. Stacia Harris
BCS Communications Dept.

An old technology storage room at Owen High School has been transformed into a boutique of sorts. The Nook will provide students with stylish, gently used clothes to choose from in the event of an emergency or other financial hardship. 

“It has been thrilling to see the vision for The Nook transform from what felt like wishful thinking into a school and community-supported, fully functioning, boutique-like clothing resource reality,” said Social Worker Elisa Sanchez-Tarman.The Nook has taken well over a year to reach its grand opening. Ms. Sanchez-Tarman spearheaded this effort, with the help of other Owen staff members and students. The store will stock a range of clothing items, including shirts, pants, jackets, shoes, undergarments, and even jewelry!

“I've been in the Owen district for 10 years,” said Ms. Sanchez-Tarman. “This community is generous, compassionate, driven, strong, and always ready to lend a helping hand; everyone is here for our students and their education. As a family we work together, lift each other up, and empower students to dream; and prepare them to achieve.”

The project got off the ground thanks to a grant from the Buncombe County Schools Foundation. The Paddison High School Endowment supports various student-centered projects at BCS schools.

“I am so thankful for this grant,” said Ms. Sanchez-Tarman. “I put time into really thinking about how The Nook could impact the greatest number of students, which is another reason various classes and students have taken part in its creation!”

Ms. Sanchez-Tarman had help from fellow staff members with donations and in assembling and rehabbing furniture for the space. The marketing students created the logo, carpentry students installed various pieces of furniture, student government helped with fundraising, and Occupational Prep students will help sort and organize the inventory.

“It was much more work, hours, sweat, and laughter than I could have imagined. It also definitely brought to the forefront, so many folks, from the school and community that stepped up to help. It's been humbling,” she said.

The Nook will be open to students by May 1. If you’d like to donate to the effort (the school hopes to have a fully stocked hygiene cabinet in the store as well), please reach out to Owen High School.
Owen High Unveils Unique Boutique


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