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November 8, 2012

Students learn from running store and café

Milford

There is a hands-on approach to learning going on in room 308 at Milford Central School. 

Student Ryan Carlisle says he is being taught how to earn and save money, how to keep things organized and manage inventory as well as make coffee among other skills. 

“I like this kind of learning as opposed to sitting in a classroom and learning from a textbook,” he said. 

Students who were being sent to the Otsego Northern Catskill Board of Cooperative Education Services as part of the Career Pathways program are now being educated at MCS. According to licensed teaching assistant Lori Henry, she has been focusing on job-training skills with the non-traditional students, while teachers Robin Bush and Nancy Wilber have been providing the academic education the students need. 

Henry said she has been teaching the business career prep class for two years, but it has taken on a new spin this year. She and the students have opened a store and cafe that is open during the school day. 

Along with having coffee and other specialty drinks available at the store, students also sell from a cart. They have been selling flavored coffees, frozen hot chocolate, smoothies and Italian sodas to students in ninth- through 12th- grade and MCS teachers and staff for two years. 

“They will deliver to classrooms and study halls if teachers allow it,” Henry said. 

The goal, at first, was to get some of our students to integrate with other students, she said. It also provided a fun way to teach math, she added.

“Last year we went to a variety of job sites such as the The Cheese Factory, Brewery Ommegang and McDonalds, but we felt starting a store here was a better fit for the students we have at this time,” Henry said. 

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