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Kotis Online Store

At our GISW merchandise online storefront you can order shirts, hoodies, bottles and much more conveniently from your home. With just the click of a button, it will all be delivered directly to your doorstep. We are particularly delighted that you can also order from our online shop from outside the US, so even if you and your family no longer live in the area, please stay in touch, and keep checking out what’s new at GISW.


Chris Barker, or Coach, as he was called by everybody, was admired and loved by all his students. The bond students established with him went beyond his teaching. It extended to their younger siblings who had not even met Coach yet, but already knew about him, wanted to be taught by him, and most importantly looked up to him. In April 2020, Coach Barker passed away after a severe illness. He was more than a teacher to many of the students at the GISW and more than a co-worker to many of the staff. He was a mentor, a role model, a good listener, a confidante, and someone who always had the right words to share. He always had a smile on his face and a real talent to encourage and motivate people.
Most importantly, Coach Barker instilled the message to never give up, work hard, have fun, and dream big. He has left his mark over the many years at the GISW and his legacy will forever be a part of our school, of our students, and of everyone who worked with him.
"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts." (Winston Churchill) was Coach Barker’s favorite quote.
With this in mind GISW alumni Danielle Lair Ferrari designed this T-Shirt.
To honor Coach Barker’s memory all proceeds from the sale of the shirt are going to the trust fund established for Coach Barker’s four children.

You can view and order the shirt on this page of our new online store:


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