CLINTON — Arrow Brew coffee is a big hit at Clinton High School.
“The cart has been up and running for two weeks and we’ve already sold more than 65 cups of coffee,” said Life Skills teacher Lindsay Pardue. “The teachers look forward to the coffee cart coming around every Friday.”
Pardue received a $500 grant from the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society to start the school-based enterprise. The goal, she said, is to teach her students valuable social skills, how to fill orders, sharing, interactions in a work environment, health and hygiene, and other basic functions of business.
“CMDSS aims to award grants to teachers who are looking to create programming that truly benefits local students with Down syndrome,” said Jennifer Babl, CMDSS executive director. “Mrs. Pardue’s coffee cart program teaches real life skills while empowering her students. This program demonstrates just how capable these students are.”
The class partners with Cafezinho Coffee, a popular local business that roasts and sells coffee.
“A coffee cart seems like a simple concept but our students are learning some valuable lessons that will prepare them for the real world,” said CHS Principal Brett Robinson. “They’re learning how to count money and make change, reading and comprehension, teamwork and so much more. This is a great program for our students, and our faculty enjoys the coffee on Fridays.”
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