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Berkvam said that selling caffeinated beverages at school hasn’t been controversial, in part because so many students already arrive with coffee-shop drinks each morning.
In addition, a good number of customers are staff members, along with the occasional bus driver or substitute teacher who stops by.
“We definitely have our regulars, so there’s a contingency of people who appreciate it,” said Parker. “They give us some pretty positive feedback.”
Senior Cullen Furlong said he often gets hot chocolate there because it’s more convenient than stopping before school. And “it’s cheaper here — it’s a student’s budget.”
Though the coffee shop’s menu and set-up seems simple, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into it, said Parker, including picking up supplies, buying coffee and training students.
“It’s definitely a lot of extra time, there’s no doubt about it,” she said. But, “It just feels like you’re doing a great thing.”
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