MOLINE, Il. (KWQC)- Students at Moline High School no longer have to stop at coffee chains before getting to class. The new “Learning Grounds Cafe” is stationed in one of the classrooms and provides students with the option to order several coffee beverages, including cappuccinos, and flavored drinks. The cafe is operated by students in the Special Education Department and counts towards their curriculum
. Transition Coordinator, Jerilyn Clark said the work environment teaches students valuable skills that they can implement in the real world.
“This experience provides them with the opportunity to work with the customers get the job skills so that they can go out into society and be productive citizens.”
Several students work as a team each morning, and even make deliveries and take online orders. The program is designed to teach the students about customer service, handling money and communicating with others. All of the money earned goes directly back to Moline High School. So far the school has been able to purchase a new custodial cart and a vacuum using the funds raised through the Learning Grounds Cafe.