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Ms. Perry from Toledo OH is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Coffee Cart+Students=Learning Job and Life Skills!

Help us get our coffee cart supplies such as a coffee maker, cash box, creamer, and coffee so we can start our coffee cart business.

  • $596 goal

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About My Students

My students are 9th through 12th graders and are hard workers. Our school specializes in the education of children with learning disorders such as Autism and ADHD, with over 70% of our students on an IEP. Most of our students also come from low-income households and receive both breakfast and lunch at school each day.

While much of our focus during the day is on the core academic areas, we also strive to develop social, emotional, coping and life skills in our students.

Our low student-to-teacher ratio allows students to build lasting, positive relationships with adults throughout the school and allows teachers to get to know what works best for our students as individuals.

We worked hard last year to develop a classroom family type of atmosphere in our room. We are learning to deal with what life gives us. This has helped us look on the bright side of various situations and make the best of what we have. Keeping our classroom procedures consistent and familiar has helped my students make this transition into high school much easier.

Having and running a coffee cart business will help my students develop personal life skills and job skills that they can transfer to future competitive employment positions. The coffee machine, coffee, creamers, and sweeteners will provide my students with real-life supplies. These supplies will be used to teach students how to make coffee and run the business using real hands-on materials. The cash box will help us have a place to gather cash collected and count out change. While working as a group, my students will continue to develop communication and teamwork skills. While interacting with teachers in the building, these skills will also be practiced as well as developing money counting skills while collecting cash and making change.

In Their Own Words

One thing we are trying to accomplish is learning how to communicate with others better. Another thing we would like to accomplish with this project is talking to other people at our school that we may not know. We can push the coffee cart to help us get a job in the future because it will help us learn how to stock shelves and push heavy carts safely. We will sell coffee to the teachers so we can learn to count money. We can learn how to make coffee and teach others how to make coffee. We will use those skills in the future for a job. We are trying to learn how to work together and work with others.

One group of three students (1 manager, 2 workers) is going to be in charge of making coffee. Another group of students (1 manager, 2 workers) is in charge of delivering coffee and collect the money. The last group of students (1 manager, 2 workers) is going to count the money, track the supplies and update our spreadsheets. One student will be the general manager in charge of talking with the managers to make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing.

The proceeds from selling the coffee will go toward refilling the coffee supplies. This project will help us to learn to count money by having a cash register and to learn responsibility by running the cash register. It will help us be successful in the future when we have our own jobs, businesses, homes and cars.

Ms. Perry
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 10 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker System, BVMC-PSTX91-RB • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Coffee Mate Liquid .375oz Variety Pack (6 Flavor) 180 Count • Amazon Business $28.95 2 $57.90
Dixie To Go Hot Beverage Cups & Lids, 12 Oz, 156 count, Assorted Designs, 6 Packs of 26 Count, Disposable Paper Coffee Cups & Lids • Amazon Business $25.43 2 $50.86
Cash Box, Cash Box with Money Tray, Durable Large Steel Cash Boxes, 5 Compartment Tray, 4 Spring-Loaded, Come with 2 Key, Black • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Kraft Honey Single Serve Pouch, 9 g. Packets (Pack of 200) • Amazon Business $25.57 1 $25.57
Mind Reader 11 Compartment Breakroom Coffee Condiment Organizer, Black • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Alpine Spiced Cider Apple Flavor Drink Mix, 10-Count, 7.4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $23.76 1 $23.76
Sharpie 1884739 Permanent Markers Fine Point Black - 36 Pieces • Amazon Business $22.82 1 $22.82
Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix, Rich Chocolate, 50 Count, 0.71 Ounce Packets • Amazon Business $10.58 2 $21.16
Settings Cutlery Disposable Plastic Teaspoons, Heavy-Duty, 400 Count, White • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Stevia in the Raw Packets (500 Count) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Folgers Coffee, Classic(Medium) Roast, 51 Ounce • Amazon Business $17.55 1 $17.55
Kensington Guardian 6 Outlet, 15-Foot Cord, 540 Joules Premium Surge Protector (K38215NA) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Twinings Tea Bags Sampler Assortment Variety Pack - 40 ct with By The Cup Honey Stix • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Domino Sugar Packets (1000) • Amazon Business $14.05 1 $14.05
Kraft Jet-puffed Mallow Bits Vanilla Flavor Marshmallows, 3 OZ Bottles (Pack Of 3) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Melitta Coffee Filters, Basket, Pack Of 600 • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Umbra Mini Waste Can 1-1/2 Gallon with Swing Lid, Matte • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Disposable Plastic Coffee Stirrer Straw - 5 Inch Sip Stir Stick (Black, 1,000) • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Equal Original Zero Calorie Sweetener - 100 Packets • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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