On Monday, May 9, Green Bay East High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Devil’s Brew Coffee Shop, which provides valuable employment related skills in the school environment for students with disabilities. The Devil’s Brew is a mobile coffee shop. Staff submit orders for coffee and the students deliver them to the classrooms. The culinary arts program works in collaboration with the coffee shop by providing baked goods for “Treat Yourself Tuesdays.”
The Devil’s Brew Coffee Shop is a unique way to support students who receive transition services beginning at age 14 through age 21. Students were active in the coffee shop start-up process, surveying the staff, presenting the idea at staff meetings, and creating and voting on a coffee shop name and logo. The Devil's Brew serves to teach work skills such as greeting customers, making eye contact, dressing for work, working in a team, counting money and making deposits, and using a timesheet to record time worked.
In addition to the skills students learn, the coffee shop provides an opportunity for students with disabilities to engage and interact with all students and staff, truly integrating them into the school community.