Bear Cave Intermediate Coffee Group More Than Just a 'Cup of Joe'

December 15, 2017 06:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Many of us look forward to Friday because that means the weekend is about to start... but a group of students in Stewartville looks forward to Friday for a different reason. 

Every Friday…the uniforms are laid out.


And the smell of coffee, hot chocolate and tea fill the special education room at Bear Cave Intermediate School.

"Everyone knows who they are and it's just so cool like I never thought that this would be what it is," said Special Education Teacher Teala Groski.

Special education teacher Teala Groski started the Bear Cave Kids Coffee Club a few months ago.

"They're learning real life skills, they're learning how to socialize with people, how to interact," said Principal Sheila McNeill. "These are skills that will carry through with them after they leave us and maybe into adulthood."

Every Friday teachers put in their order and her students become baristas.

"They're not stuck in a resource room, they're not stuck in a neighborhood with a para; they're doing these things independently, which is what I was hoping for," said Mrs. Groski.

Before the coffee cart was started... many of the students were nervous about building friendships at school -- a fear that has disappeared one cup at a time.

"It was helping me make friends because when I first came in this room to visit Mrs. Groski I was a little bit nervous until I get a little bit used to that and people started being nice to me," said Jake Keefer. 

The students giving each cup they deliver a little something extra: joy.

"Thank you." 

And a hunger to learn more...

"Delivering coffee helps me learn more about the school so I can know more areas," said Dylan Peterson. 

"My favorite part is delivering it to the teachers because I like them making compliments and it makes me happy delivering them," said Lucas Bartsch.

"I say, thank you for choosing BCI Coffee Group, have a nice day and I ask did you already pay for it because I just want to make sure," said Alex French.  

Since September the kids have raised around $200 and many people at the school help out as well by donating k-cups and other materials. 

"Our entire staff has been so supportive of Mrs. Groski and the students in this program," said McNeill. 

"Just like the support I've had from staff, I never imagined... to see my kiddos like thriving is so cool," said Mrs. Groski.


Marissa Collins

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