Pop-up coffee shop serves up tasty brew while giving life skills to students

The initiative involved operating a pop-up coffee shop which is designed to teach students essential daily living skills, the program allowed teens to experience working in a store, serving coffee, interacting with customers, and managing the cash register.

News 12 Staff

Feb 19, 2024, 2:12 PM

Updated 65 days ago

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In North Bellmore, students from Calhoun High School brought their 'Coore Free' program to Mepham High School.
The initiative involved operating a pop-up coffee shop which is designed to teach students essential daily living skills, the program allowed teens to experience working in a store, serving coffee, interacting with customers, and managing the cash register.
"This teaches them different daily living skills that they'll eventually use in their lives like putting sleeves on their cups, putting lids on cups, making coffee. It’s teaching them different things they can use going forward in their lives," says Anthony Rizzo, Calhoun High School special education teacher.
This program, which has been running since 2019, offers valuable learning experiences for students with special needs.


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