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Rudi’s Roast: A Coffee Cart From the Heart

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On October 19, the Life Skills Support (LSS) class hosted their first ever Rudi’s Roast.

The LSS class runs the coffee cart called Rudi’s Roast and it occurs on every friday morning from 7:45 to 8:05 a.m.

Their menu includes: coffee, with your option of cream, tea, hot chocolate, and other baked goods, such as muffins that they make.

This portable coffee business will be in the main lobby, but they only serve faculty and staff to avoid competition with the bistro.

The Bistro has actually been very helpful to Rudi’s Roast. On their first opening of the Rudi’s Roast, they sold out of their first pot of coffee, and the Bistro helped out by getting them another one.

LSS teacher Katherine Bollinger says that the idea for the name came from a student named Amelie gamache.

Bollinger originally got the idea from a co-worker at another school she used to work at. The other teacher tried it with her LSS class, and it was a success.

In addition, Bollinger said she had seen other teachers trying through a teacher Facebook community.

Based on the success of other groups, Bollinger decided to try it with her class.

Bollinger said, “The main focus of Rudi’s Roast is to work on communication skills, organization skills, and real world situations with functional math.”

The LSS students have gotten a lot of important life experience working at Rudi’s Roast, which was the intended goa.

The students all take turns working the cart, whether it’s with handling the cash register or just getting the coffee to customers.

The students working the coffee cart have enjoyed learning from their experience and getting to know some of the teachers and staff better.

“My favorite part is getting to know the teachers better ,” said student Brandon.

The coffee cart is also a fun and easy way to fundraise for future field trips and other various life skills opportunities that may arise, so that’s where all of the proceeds will be going towards.

The Life Skills Support class wasn’t sure what to expect, but they ended up being very successful their first time as they made $95.85.

All of the supplies they needed for the coffee cart was donated from Walmart, Giant, and Sam’s Club, so they have not needed to touch the money they earned.

The Life Skills students and teachers were not sure what to expect when they first started working the cart, but are learning and getting the hang of it each time they work the coffee cart.

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