Photo: Alyssa Gonzalez Students prepare deliveries at the LRHS coffee club.

Alivia Insixiengmay – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -The  LRHS “Coffee Club” is a well-loved activity that allows Mustangs in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program the opportunity to distribute free coffee to teachers.

LRHS ESE teacher Melissa Koehlinger has her first period and her Peer Inclusion Team, or PIT crew, involved in the program. Around 25 LRHS staff members and teachers receive coffee.

Koehlinger said, “students go independently or in small groups to deliver coffee with cream and sugar caddies.”

Benjamin Hall, Jennifer Grant, and Debra Mccarthy are all LRHS teachers that have received coffee.

Hall said, “I absolutely love the coffee club program, what I like best about the program is getting to see the students every day.

Photo: Alyssa Gonzlez Hector Ahumada (l) delivers coffee to LRHS history teacher Ben Hall

“I think that Mrs. Koehlinger, the classroom and specialty aids, along with the students on PIT Crew do a wonderful job with this program and I think it is one of my favorite things about working here. “

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Grant agreed, “I really enjoy the interaction with the students and who wouldn’t love having free coffee delivered to your door?”

Grant believes that the Coffee Club program is great and benefits everyone involved.

Mccarthy is another teacher who loves the coffee club program.

“The program brings me so much pleasure,” she said. “I look forward to getting my cup of coffee each morning—it’s hot, delicious, and satisfying. I also look forward to seeing the students, as they always have a smile on their faces and are just as happy to see us as we are to see them!”

Mccarthy highly recommends the coffee club program to other educators because it provides a rewarding service to everybody involved.

“The most rewarding part of the program is witnessing the interaction between students. The students in charge of the program are excited to come into class, where they observe lessons and/or greet their peers. It’s a wonderful way for ALL students to be part of a community,” she said.