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A Coffee House inside Three Lakes High School teaches students life and business skills Submitted: 03/16/2018
Story By Phylicia Ashley

A Coffee House inside Three Lakes High School teaches students life and business skills
THREE LAKES - A Three lakes Special Education Director started a program with a dream and $500. She hoped a coffee shop would teach students social and life skills but what came out of it went far beyond her expectations.
"My philosophy is dream to inspire," said Three Lakes Special Education Director Deb Straus.
Twenty- three years ago Straus dreamed of creating life experiences for her students.
"Everyone has something to offer to this world that we live in," said Straus.

With a $500 grant Straus made her dream come true with an in-school Coffee House.
"This is like my safe place," said Three Lakes sophomore Christinia Kubiak.
The baristas and bakers are pretty recognizable to Three Lakes teachers and students.
"It's been fun getting things set up in the morning," said Three Lakes sophomore Rain Maves.
Some of the students have worked at the weekly Coffee House before class for years.


Through those years the Coffee House crew has overcome their own challenges.
"Before I wasn't really good talking to people or helping customers," said Kubiak.
"[It is] giving me experience to know what to do at another job," said Three Lakes senior Jeremy Bedore.
Straus watches the impact of her dream and the experience through the lens of about ten students every Friday

"[It's] helped me to grow and be strong," said Kubiak.
The Coffee House allows these students be part of their community stigma free.
"Everybody's got to start somewhere so I guess this is that somewhere," said Bedore.
While serving up the best they have to offer.
Money from the Coffee House goes to a fund that helps Three Lakes students in need. The Three Lakes Coffee House is open from 8 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. every Friday.





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