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Hudson Special Education Teacher Kicks-off Student Coffee Business

Post Date:11/07/2019 2:07 PM

Group with two teachers and two students and bagel/coffee cart"All you need is love and a cup of coffee!"

A special education, self-contained classroom at Hudson Elementary recently kicked-off a student mobile coffee and bagel cart that delivers orders to teachers and staff every Friday morning. 

The student coffee business, referred to as “Hudson Brews,” was brought on by Hudson PUPALS Teacher Jennifer Dummar, who was inspired by other special education, self-contained classroom teachers that shared this idea on a Facebook group page. 

Through this outlet, students are improving social skills, making connections with the school community, and spreading cheer throughout the school. 

Boy smiling with coffee

“It’s a great way for them to work on their communication skills,” said Dummar. “They learn to check off orders, use eye contact, speak in complete sentences, and have positive interactions with staff and students.”

The PUPALS Program, currently offered at Hudson Elementary and Connolly Middle School, is a cross-categorical, self-contained program designed for students who function significantly below their peers in intellectual ability and adaptive behaviors. The purpose of the program is to provide appropriate practical instruction utilizing various personalized tactics that enable students to function as independently as possible at school, home, and work settings.

“Hudson Brews is just another life skill practice that hopefully they can carry on when they get older,” said Dummar.

Teacher smiling with coffee at student who is looking away from camera

At just one dollar for a bagel and coffee, many teachers at Hudson participate in this Friday treat delivered by Hudson PUPALS students. All proceeds from the student coffee business go back to Hudson Elementary. 

“Just having our kids out and about helps them see themselves as part of the community,” said Dummar. “The staff really loves it and we’re excited to offer it every Friday!”

Thank you PUPALS staff and students for showing kindness in this creative way!