Mr. Richard Rothenberger’s Marketing and Promotion class is researching and brainstorming merchandise for the 2021-2022 Riverside Secondary school year.

“The process all started with a grand vision of having a place where Riverside students could come to purchase school merch and other convenience items, and also have a place to hang out at lunch, etc.,” said Rothenberger, Marketing and Promotion teacher at Riverside Secondary.

The lounge in room 224 already had a lot of stock from past years. “Students should come by and check it out anytime before period twp, at lunch, or after period five. We have a lot of merch on display and ready for purchase, with another large order on the way,” said Rothenberger.

With the new school year, came new options. In addition to hoodies and crew-necks, The Riverside Lounge (new name) started selling camping blankets, wind breakers, toques, varsity jackets, and other miscellaneous items according to Rothenberger.

The lounge has been approved to use a new card tap system to pay making it ever easier for students to pay.

The lounge is adamant about staying open all year long with popular items available to purchase. Although there will be a school wide online order system, so that parents and students can pay remotely.

“We would like to help any group within the school that is looking to provide product or raise funds by making our space available as a hub for all purchases in the school,” said Rothenberger.

The students have set up an account on Instagram @theriversidelounge_ with updates on new products, promotion, giveaways, and to provide feedback. According to Rothenberger, there will also be advertising on rapidevents, riversideathletics, and on the Riverside web page.

“Our hope is that students will automatically think of the Lounge when they are looking to purchase something,” said Rothenberger.

“At Riverside, the WAVE was originally our school store… thanks to Principal Mr. Jon Bruneau and his support we are now able to re-open the school store and help other departments throughout the school with merchandise sales,” said Rothenberger.