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January 25, 2018 New coffee shop will give students job experience
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Right now, the Mid-Prairie High School library is just a library, but by the end of the current school year it should be transformed into a place to sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee served by students.

Mid-Prairie’s coffee shop program got a shot in the arm in late 2017 when it received a $95,000 grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. Amy Shalla, special education director at Mid-Prairie schools, said although specific details about the shop are still being worked out, there are three main goals behind the idea.

“We want to be able to open to the community on certain days, partner with places to have meetings in the space and we’d like to be able to provide services off-site at some point in the future,” Shalla said. “A lot of the details are still being worked out by students.”

The shop’s main goal though, is to provide students with a chance to get real-world working experience.

Nathan McCarthy is one of the students who will be working in the coffee shop when it opens. McCarthy said he thought the new shop was a great idea for everyone involved.

“I’m looking forward to making coffee, this will be my first real job,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s a good idea because people can have jobs, get coffee and work on skills.”

Mid-Prairie doesn’t have any kind of coffee shop or café right now, but Shalla said she hoped to have the new area set up in the library later on in the school year.

“We’re hoping to have everything set up in March and have everything open by the end of the year.”

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