October has arrived. I often think of October as the moth when one can say, “Fall is in the air.” Today, though, not so much! Yes, the heat continues but that does not stop us from asking a very important question…..
Can you smell that? That rich flavor of fresh coffee being brewed? Well, on Friday mornings at TCPS, we sure can! Our 4th and 5th grades operate their own business; The Coffee Cup.
During the week our student baristas collect orders from the staff. Then, early each Friday, the baristas for the week arrive to make coffee, tea, and hot chocolate along with some tasty treats. The student baristas deliver the orders and collect payment from a very grateful staff.
While the staff definitely enjoys this weekly treat, the Coffee Cup provides students with some wonderful learning opportunities. During their “staff” meeting, students hone their math skills as they determine inventory, profit and loss, as well as discuss pricing their products. The baristas give an oral presentation to the class which provides an opportunity to grow in their public speaking skills. As a group, they discuss how their business functioned and utilize their problem solving skills to remedy any issues that occurred. The Coffee Cup provides many lessons on the values of responsibility and accountability.
Along with all of these great lessons, The Coffee Cup provides what may be one of the greatest lessons of all…giving!
Each year, the class researches and decides on a non-profit they would like to support. At the end of the year, the 4th and 5th grade donate a portion of The Coffee Cup’s profits to their chosen charity. Last year, the class donated $200 to the Monarch School in San Diego. The Monarch School is a local school dedicated to educating students who are impacted by homelessness. This year, the 4th and 5th grade will join our entire school in supporting The Heifer Project as our school’s community outreach partner.
Speaking of The Heifer Project, our student council was very busy last year with their community outreach. Our student council made an awesome gift to The Heifer Project and helped with Heifer International’s goal to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty. Using proceeds from the student store and the end of year bake sale, student council donated over $400 to The Heifer Project. Their donation helped send a child to school, bought a goat for a family, and purchased a flock of chickens for a family.
As you can see, even though we are a small school, our students learn and embrace the belief that each of them can make a big difference in the world. Stay tuned to our social media, web site, and blogs to read about all of the great things happening at TCPS!