Students Open Warrior Coffee Shop
Students showed up prepared and ready to do business at the grand opening of Warrior Coffee Shop on January 22. The student-run coffee shop is open on early-out Wednesdays in the main level teachers lounge at Waukee High School. Parents and staff lined up with their dollars in hand to show their support by ordering coffee, tea or hot chocolate for one dollar.
After coming up with the idea, Nicole Gish a life skills teacher at Waukee High School, went to work preparing her students for opening day. Students spent several weeks learning about the soft skills needed in a work environment such as, time management, effective communication, positive attitude, working as a team player and problem solving.
Getting the shop up and running required help. The Waukee Hy-Vee donated 150 cups, lids, cup sleeves and stir sticks and agreed to help again in the future while staff and other supporters donated coffee materials and loaned out their Keurig brewers.
Four students were responsible for running the coffee shop while the others worked on the advertising committee. Junior Katie Ball and Senior Sydney Vorhaurer were assigned as baristas. Both enjoyed taking requests and brewing the orders. Freshmen Brian Dunphy was the greeter and welcomed each customer by asking them what they would like to order. Junior Jessica Brown was the cashier and enjoyed seeing all of the teachers who came to the shop to buy coffee.
This first set of four students will help train the next four students, and the students will be on a rotated work schedule. The Warrior Coffee Shop will be open for business again on February 5.