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High Schoolers Learn Valuable Job Skills at Student-run Coffee Shop

Students sitting at a coffee shop

A Virginia school received a grant to allow its students enrolled in special education classes to run a coffee shop. After being open for more than a year and a half, the skills-focused java joint is "self sustaining," according to an article in the News Leader.

"250 students and faculty members stop by for a caffeine kick or a snack" on an "average day" at Coalter Street Coffee Shop, run by teacher Barbara Eanes' students from Robert E. Lee High School.

"We were looking for a way to teach job skills, soft skills, social and academic skills," Eanes said in the article. "We wanted to make it really meaningful for the kids."

Not only do students run the show on Wednesdays, they plan the recipes for the baked goods, take inventory of supplies, purchase all ingredients needed for the week and bake five or six different food items.

Initially, the shop was only open to faculty members and later allowed students to enjoy getting baked goods and coffee from the establishment.

Eanes was inspired to open the shop after finding out about a similar program in Pennsylvania. The Coalter Street Coffee Shop proceeds fund "school supplies as well as field trips for the students."

Read the full story.


Corrie Kerr, EducationWorld Editor

Would you be interested in having a student-run coffee shop in or near your high school?

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