GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Elementary students are selling coffee at their school, but it's much more than just a morning cup of joe. Teachers at Pomona Elementary School don't have to run to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for their coffee; they can get it brought to them. Students in a special needs classroom run a coffee cart with every cent going to their weekly cooking class. Today was only the second time the cart has been in service, but the students are already coffee experts.
Ethan is only in elementary school, but his coffee skills have Starbucks beat. He and his peers in Mrs. McKinley's special needs class at Pomona Elementary have set up a coffee cart with a very important purpose: funding their weekly cooking class.
Through the cart, students like Ethan are also learning things like how to make change, and while they're at it, make a mean cup of joe. Each student has a different job, like pouring the coffee or adding the mixes, and every dime goes towards ingredients needed in their weekly recipes.
Ethan's favorite thing to make? Donuts. And although the cart just got started, it's sure to be a big hit with the school, and a big help to the class.
The coffee cart runs Friday mornings from 9 to 10 and is cash only. Those interested in donating to the class can grab a cup of joe around 9 when the cart is parked in the main office.