Students Open Blue Devil Café at Tallmadge High School

Contact: Jeff Ferguson, Superintendent
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Students Open Blue Devil Café at Tallmadge High School

TALLMADGE, OHIO (Dec. 07, 2017) – Tallmadge students currently participating in the Foundational Employment course recently opened the Blue Devil Café at Tallmadge High School. Housed in the Foundational Employment classroom, the Blue Devil Café is staffed entirely by students and serves hot coffee, hot teas, hot chocolate, smoothies and Frappuccino’s.  

Each month students rotate job responsibilities within the café with the goal of learning all of the responsibilities throughout the school year. 

“It has been amazing to watch our students work together to bring this idea to life,” said Rebecca Furbay, director of student services. “The students have developed a number of new skills throughout the process including problem solving, greeting customers and making change. It has been a rewarding experience for our Foundational Employment students, especially because the students who purchase from the café absolutely love it.”

The café had a soft opening in September for teachers and staff, then opened to the entire school the week of Oct. 16. 

In addition to operating the café, the students sell beverages in between classes on a coffee cart set up in the school’s rotunda. 

“Our Foundational Employment students are excited about opening and running the Blue Devil Café,” said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn different job skills and responsibilities they will take with them throughout their future careers.” 

The students hope to continue to expand the café over time, potentially opening to the public in the future. 

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