I always like to hear stories like this one that people go outside of the norm to try to find a new way of things. In this case, a teacher going out of the boundaries of the education system to rope in some fun and creative new ways to teach kids some new things. This teacher named Shelby, came up with an idea of creating a traveling coffee cart!
This is her first year of teaching Life Skills (which includes students with significant cognitive impairment in conjunction with adaptive disabilities) at a high school just outside Houston. That's really cool by itself. But here's where it gets awesome.
Shelby came up with the brilliant idea of wanting to empower her students this year in some way that was meaningful and would outlast their time with her in the classroom. So she started buying all of the things they would need to start a traveling coffee cart. This would allow her students to walk around to each of the teachers and staff in the school and take their orders and then deliver their coffee to them on Fridays. Most importantly, this would allow the students to practice their social skills, communication, working through their shyness, and even learning how to run a simple business by calculating their expenses and profits. They named their business "The Grizzly Bean."
It helped the students developmentally and on top of that, the money that they received for the coffee was actually used to help grow the program at other schools! So cool!