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Mrs. Auchue from Fond Du Lac WI is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Brewing Up Some Skills

Help me give my students the equipment needed to expand their student-run coffee business.

  • $766 goal

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My Students

My students are all fantastic young adults who happen to have intellectual disabilities. They are part of our school district's 18-21 transition program where they learn and practice skills needed for independent living and paid employment. This transition program is located off-site from our district's high school in an apartment-like setting. It is completely hands-on and designed to meet each student's individual goals.

Every student is eager to become as independent as possible.

Students' schedules are split between the transition apartment and the community. While in the apartment, students work on skills related to independent living, such as cooking, cleaning, daily living, communication and money management. While in the community, students have the opportunity to volunteer, complete work experiences, job shadow, tour businesses, and learn how to navigate the community. Community awareness/safety, city transportation, social and leisure skills are also areas of focus.

My Project

My students run a coffee business from the transition apartment. They make and serve lattes, tea and coffee to staff members in the attached building. Students are involved in every aspect of this business, including marketing, sales and customer relations.

Students are interested in expanding their business to other schools within the district on a rotating schedule.

This will require students to have additional coffee gear, as well as the necessary equipment for transport from school to school.

Since starting this small coffee business last year, I have seen an increase in confidence in all of my students. Students have improved social, communication and money management skills. They have built rapport with their customers. They have learned what it is like to have "coworkers." Students take pride in being a part of this business.

The products I have selected will help my students to grow their business, allowing for more opportunities for hands-on learning, as it relates to employment and independent living.

Thank you for your consideration.

Mrs. Auchue
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
K-Box Electric Cooler and Warmer for Car and Home with Wheels - 48 Quart (45 Liter) - 6 FT. Extra Long Cables Dual 110V AC House and 12V DC Vehicle Plugs (Blue) • Amazon Business $139.00 1 $139.00
Lux Cardstock 8.5 x 11 inch, Grocery Bag 500/Pack • Staples Advantage $52.39 1 $52.39
Professional Gourmet Extra Large Coffee & Latte Mug (Set of 6) (White) • Amazon Business $22.99 2 $45.98
BrewGlobal Rhinoware Shot Glass - Double (BRESG01) - 2-COUNT • Amazon Business $22.80 2 $45.60
meori 12 Bottle Wine Carrier in Lava Black - Includes Medium Foldable Storage Box (14 1/2” x 12 3/4“ x 10 3/4”) & Protective 12 Bottle Insert - High-Grade, Tear-Proof, Dirt-Resistant • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Espresso Parts Tamping and Packing Mat, 5 by 12", Black • Amazon Business $19.76 2 $39.52
MyGift Rustic Metal & Wood Crate 12-Bottle Tabletop Wine Rack • Amazon Business $37.98 1 $37.98
OXO Good Grips Double Wall Ice Bucket with Tongs and Garnish Tray • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Breville BCB100 Barista-Style Coffee Knock Box • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Mind Reader Cup and Lid Organizer Carousel, 4 Compartment, Black • Amazon Business $14.89 2 $29.78
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass Trimmer, 12 Inch • Amazon Business $25.31 1 $25.31
Milk Frothing Pitcher, X-Chef Stainless Steel Creamer Frothing Pitcher 20 oz (600 ml) • Amazon Business $11.09 2 $22.18
3 Pockets Cotton Waist Apron 3 Pack 24 x 12 inch Kitchen Restaurant Bistro Craft Garden Half Short Aprons For Men, Women, Chef, Baker, Servers, Waitress, Waiter, Craftsmen Work Apron Uniform, Black • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Star Coffee 32, 20 or 12oz Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher - Measurements on Both Sides Inside Plus eBook & Microfiber Cloth - Perfect for Espresso Machines, Milk Frothers, Latte Art • Amazon Business $19.80 1 $19.80
KT THERMO Instand Read 2-Inch Dial Thermometer,Best For The Coffee Drinks,Chocolate Milk Foam • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
SentrySafe CB-12 Cash Box with Money Tray and Key Lock, 0.21 Cubic Feet, Black • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23

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