The Royal Bean coffee service, operated by students in Martensville High School’s (MHS) Life Skills Program, raised funds for cancer research and celebrating International Coffee Day on Friday, September 30. The Royal Bean students served pumpkin spice lattes, mocha drinks and baked goodies at the high school throughout the school day.
This special initiative was held to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, with support from the school’s SRC. This is the second coffee/drink day that the Life Skills and SRC students have organized together.
The Royal Bean students and school staff spent the last several weeks perfecting their recipes, practising their serving techniques and role-playing managing money. The students have access to visual “step-by-step” recipes so they can learn to make the treats without assistance, and will have an SRC student supporting them to take money. The event helped to raise $200 for the Light the Night Walk.
“This special fundraising event is a great opportunity for our Royal Bean students to interact with their peers and teachers in an authentic, fun and meaningful way,” said Kyla Huckerby, Special Education Resource Teacher at MHS.
The Royal Bean is a coffee delivery service started last year at Martensville High school to provide opportunities for students in the Life Skills program to learn employment skills, while still working on their own individual learning goals. The Royal Bean delivers coffee to teachers and staff twice a day and takes the coffee service on the road to serve at special events.
Since it started, The Royal Bean has been a catalyst for a positive, authentic relationship between teachers and students at MHS and students in the Life Skills Program. The Royal Bean has also given the Life Skills Program students a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment. Last year, The Royal Bean won the Yes I Can Award in the area of student employment from the Council for Exceptional Children.
For more information about the Royal Bean or Friday’s event, please contact Kyla Huckerby at Martensville High School (306-931-2230).