SSD staff start coffee shop to provide students job training skills
SSD staff start coffee shop to provide students job training skills
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Pattonville High School staff look forward to seeing students in the Functional Skills and Community-Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) classes each day. That's because they're usually delivering a custom-made steaming hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to them.

Teachers for the two Special School District (SSD) classes started the Functional Skills Coffee Shop to teach students how to practice important job skills. Staff place their drink orders onine using a Google Doc ordering form. The students then read the orders, make the drink and deliver the beverage to the right person. The coffee shop helps meet class goals of helping students learn interpersonal and general job-related skills necessary to transition to employment after graduation.

The coffee shop has been a hit with teachers and students like.

"I have been using Special Brew coffee for the last two weeks, and I have been ordering almost every day," said social studies teacher Shaun Patrick. "The selections that are offered are excellent and having the coffee delivered to us is absolutely awesome, and it is great seeing the students daily."

SSD teacher Nathan Dwyer said, "Some perks ... include easy online ordering, a wide selection of drink options, quick and courteous student delivery, as well as expanded hours, which offers customers the opportunity to order throughout the day. I will continue looking forward to my daily cup of coffee, brewed and delivered by one of our many remarkable students."

The coffee shop is supervised by SSD Functional Skills teachers Carrie Gausling and Tina Rellergert.

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