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Friday, August 10, 2018

New way for students to learn brewing at Baldwin High | Tribune-Review

Stephanie Hacke, Tribune-Review contributing writer says, "Baldwin High School students seeking a pre-class pick-me-up can visit a new student-run coffee shop this fall." 

Photo: Baldwin High School

The Baldwin Bean inside the school likely will open by early October, offering quick grab-and-go snacks, hot and cold drinks and a mixed seating area complete with high-top tables and couches where students can come and work on assignments or teachers can bring a class for a change of scenery.

The coffee shop will expand on the district’s partners physical education and music programs, which pairs students with complex learning needs with classmates to learn together, said Eric Jankoski, transition coordinator.

Baldwin teachers had the idea years ago to open a coffee shop inside the school, where students of all learning abilities could work together to make drinks and run the cash register. The time just wasn’t right — until now. When the school’s newspaper, The Purbalite, moved out of its two-room space across from the school’s gymnasiums, Jankoski said, it became the ideal spot for the shop...

At the shop, students from entrepreneurship and accounting classes likely will partner with students with complex learning needs to get hands-on experience operating a business in an integrated work environment. For students with complex learning needs, Jankoski said, the goal is to help prepare them for employment. They’ll learn to make drinks, clean up and maybe eventually oversee ordering of supplies. All of that initially will be handled by the food service department.