General McLane High School launches student-run café

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Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:37 AM

General McLane High School students are brewing up their own opportunities with the opening of GM Java.

Created and run by students in Rhonda Kurczewski’s Fun Food Class, the new coffee shop on campus is housed within General McLane’s library and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. each day. The shop aims to give students hands-on experience in entrepreneurship throughout the nine-week course as they operate the café, learn to prepare food, practice customer service and learn the financial aspects of operating a business, all while using proper sanitation practices and following health codes.

“I believe that this is an awesome experience for the students to participate in — not only to learn the skills, but to have a sense of genuine accomplishment and ownership,” said Kurczewski. “It is amazing to see the excitement from the student participants and [to see] how much of the student body enjoys coming to the café. I am extremely proud of my students and the effort they are putting forth.”

GM Java will serve muffins, cookies, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cappuccinos. As the class progresses, more food options will be available, including items prepared by the students in class.

The class is a collaboration between Kurzcewski and Dan Kane, instructor of the GM Works program. Students in GM Works are a component of the café and assist with the day-to-day operations. According to Kurzcewski, she and Kane wanted to create a unique and valuable way to teach life skills in a variety of ways.

Students in Karen Hodas’ classrooms design all of the logos and marketing materials.

So far, the feedback has been positive, with sales increasing daily. The café is non-profit. All money raised funds future purchases and equipment needed.

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