In one high school library, a school cafe has life skills student serving more than coffee.
The Gateway High School library is home to the Gator Cafe, run by life skills students in a former workroom in the library. It is a thriving in-school business, serving hot cocoa, coffee, and cappucino.
The seed money for the care was $5oo from the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, and the school was awarded a $5,368 block grant to purchase the coffee and cappucino maker, countertops, and additional electrical wiring. Drinks are made from pre prackaged products and no high pressure equipment is used.
The cafe not only provides an opportunity for students to buy coffee and cocoa, it offers life-skills students “pre-vocational work experience,” said Megan Petruska, chairwoman of the high school’s special education department. Until this year, she said, the students had to go off-campus for such learning experiences and they did not get the opportunity as often as they get to work in the cafe.