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Continued: Cyber cafe coming to Lakeville North High School

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 21, 2013 - 2:00 PM

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.”

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283



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  • Lucas Ince filled a cup at Lakeville North High School’s coffee counter. A good number of customers are staff members, along with the occasional bus driver or substitute teacher. “We definitely have our regulars,” said supervisor Christine Parker. “They give us some pretty positive feedback.”

  • The café will feature Starbucks products, serving coffee, tea and other basic drinks, hoping to create a coffee shop-like atmosphere.

  • Michael Eacheco, left, and Lucas Ince worked behind the counter. The school is remodeling an area near the cafeteria for the café, complete with additional outlets and seating. “I think the key thing is it’s a safe environment … and a fun place to go,” said principal Marne Berkvam.

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