Petal Excessive’s particular schooling college students brewing up workforce abilities
PETAL, miss. (WDAM) – At Petal High School, many teachers and students start their day with a fresh cup of coffee, and it is all thanks to the special education students.
Four days a week you can expect to line up outside a mini coffee bar called Panther Brew. Panther Brew is located in The Den and is mostly run by students with special needs.
“It not only gives these students the opportunity to connect with their general education peers, but also gives them the opportunity to develop skills outside of the classroom,” said Ms. Jaci Anderson, a community-based special education teacher.
She says the program helps students develop skills that are needed in the workforce.
“It’s a way for them to practice the skills we are working on in the classroom in an environment where they could be used later in life,” said Anderson. “That’s our focus, trying to give them those professional skills they’ll need after high school.”
Anderson says donations from her iced and hot coffees are helping the community-based class, the multi-disability group, and the high school’s alternative graduate class.
“We use the money we make from Panther Brew’s donations for excursions so the students don’t have to pay, and for the materials we need in the classroom for the professional preparation and everyday courses we teach. “Said Anderson.
Overall, she says students really enjoy making coffee for coffee using their life and work skills.
“I love it,” said Anderson. “You are very special to me; I do it with pleasure. The biggest thing for me is not just the work skills, but the opportunity to get in touch with everyone. We have employees, we have students and they all only know them from Panther Brew. “
Anderson says her coffee is selling out fast. She says they just can’t do enough of it.
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