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CHS special ed. students run in-house coffee shop

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It's definitely not part of a cookie-cutter curriculum, but nonetheless special education students at Central High School are learning new skills.  They're running a coffee shop called Wake Up Central and the lesson is about much more than making coffee.

Their coffee shop serves more than just coffee.  It's a sort of unconventional classroom where making coffee, dealing with customers and counting money teaches students something they just can't get from a book.

Their teacher, Amy Heuston, got the idea from a teacher who is doing something similar on the eastern side of the state.  Heuston applied for a grant to fund the coffee shop and got it. "You know it's just been so fun to see things they're learning that I couldn't possibly teach in a classroom like teamwork," She said.

The coffee shop was launched in September, 2012. It is only open to faculty and staff at the high school.  Around 20 students with varying disabilities work at the coffee shop each year.

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