CCHS special needs classes seek donations for ‘Cougar Coffee’

by | August 2, 2018 8:25 am

By CINDY CROSBY

cindyc4@yahoo.com

The special needs classes at Colleton County High School are planning to undertake a new and exciting endeavor this school year that will not only teach valuable real-life skills, but also provided a great service. But, they need a little help to make it happen.

Karen Lockerman, a nationally board certified special education teacher at CCHS, says “Cougar Coffee” will open for the faculty this September in the concession stand outside the Cougar gymnasium. The coffee shop will be run by special needs students at the school. Coffee will be $1, and a rewards program will earn buyers their fifth cup free. Proceeds from “Cougar Coffee” will be used to run the shop and for field trips for the special needs students.

“This school year, we are taking on a new and exciting endeavor,” said Lockerman. “We are opening a coffee shop for the faculty that will be run by our students with special needs. Valuable life skills are hoped to be learned through this process that students can transfer to their life in and out of school. Life skills we will practice with our coffee shop include following a recipe, sequencing steps in an activity, fulfilling an order, appropriate social skills, sharing, peer-peer work, basic number recognition, basic reading, reading comprehension, health and hygiene, how-to count inventory, how to deposit and collect money, deliver the coffee or serve at the window, and make grocery lists.” According to Lockerman, students will also learn the valuable skill of interviewing for jobs.

“Students will be expected to interview for their positions that will last a month at a time,” she said. “Each month, a new crew, if available, will take over. They will also be expected to provide prompt and courteous service. Competitions will be set up month-to-month to work on marketing skills and students will earn rewards.”

Although substantial donations have already poured in for “Cougar Coffee,” Lockerman and her students need a little more help.

“Right now, we need more supplies since we are not starting out with a budget,” she said. “Donated items thus far have been coffee machines, embroidered aprons, assorted coffees, stirrers, creamers and sugars. We need cups with tops, cup sleeves on which to write the customer’s name and protect our patron’s hands, a cart to deliver the coffee throughout the school, a cash register or some device for the money, hats or caps for the students and any other items that may benefit our endeavor.”

To donate to the cause, contact Lockerman at klockerman@colleton.k12.sc.us, (843) 217-0651, or (843) 782-0031 Ext. 55102 when school begins again.

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