Senior starts business at Central High - KOTA Territory News

Senior starts business at Central High


The Cobbler Cafe at Central High School opened for business Tuesday.

The student started cafe sells anything from hot dogs to popcorn or beverages.

The revenue from the cafe is given to the Snack Shack, a Beyond the Books program which provides a resource for the homeless coordinator at the high school to offer a snack or meal for a student in need.

Rapid City area schools District Superintendent Tim Mitchell says he's never seen a program kick started by students.   

"It's all about the kids and kids taking off with an idea and doing it and making it work and learning the lessons of what hard work can do," said Mitchell. "And dedicating themselves to something to help their fellow students." 

One of those students is senior and Cobbler Cafe Manager Austin Trapp.

After a year in the making his idea for the cafe has come to fruition.

He says his classmates support his plan to help others.   

"I know the students that are getting help from it really like it," said Trapp. "We've had quite a bit of feedback. We've had kids come back up and ask what we do with the proceeds and so when they find out they're really interested." 

On top of managing the cafe Austin also has a part time job.

Funds to start the business came from student fundraiser's, grants, and State Farm help pay for all the equipment.

The cafe is now self sufficient.

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