My students come from various backgrounds. Their socioeconomic statuses vary. My students are curious learners. Our school is a Title I school with limited resources for our very special population of students.
My students have intellectual disabilities but that does not stop them from trying their best and learning as much as they can.
They are capable of understanding their surroundings, and they constantly want to explore their world. They enjoy learning and work so hard every single day. They are inspiring. We have been working side by side with typically developing students to build a collaborative learning environment that focuses on functional life skills.
We have started a weekly coffee and tea cart. Expanding our business is our future goal. The students are working together to grow their business. Financial literacy has become a key component. The students have developed a budget, and a working profit and loss statement every week. Money earned through the donations for our items will be used to keep our school business open, not for profit.
Students with Intellectual Disabilities, ADHD and autism need to learn functional life skills.
This project has helped not only students that are differently abled but their typical developing peers.
They have been developing specialty tea drinks and recording inventory and the financial aspects. We are open on Thursdays and serve staff members that have pre-ordered drinks. My students have been able to learn all aspects of running a business. The make art posters to advertise their business. They are learning how to take orders by phone as well as by paper ticket orders, profit and loss tracking, customer service, functional life skills, inventory, sanitation, and how to run promotions. We will serve hot and iced coffee and tea, as well as hot chocolate.
We would like to restock our coffee supplies and we need more teas, syrups and powders. We also need more cups. By expanding our supplies we can offer more promotions and events to give the students with ADHD, autism and intellectual disabilities more opportunities to learn functional employability skills. The students will be able to continue to learn functional skills to prepare them to be contributing members of society and earn a living when they are adults.
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