The Ashdown High School Serenity Cafe opened its doors on January 26. Talk about being innovative!

The community, staff, and students are invited to come and start their mornings with menu items consisting of Frappes Mocha, Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter Chocolate, or Cookies and Cream, Lattes Vanilla, Hazelnut, Carmel, Mocha or Carmel Macchiato, Coffee, or Slushes 100 percent Fruit, Blue Raspberry, Strawberry Kiwi. They now take Debit and Credit Cards and also have a Gift Card option just in time for Valentines’s Day. The Serenity Cafe open each weekday morning from 7:30-9:30 AM.

The coffee shop is located in the old band hall across from the football field on the Ashdown High School campus.  Patrons are asked to enter the campus from Locust Street and proceed to available parking in front of the coffee shop.

The School-Based Enterprise, run by students is part of the Small Business Operations Class. They are gaining experience in the day to day operations of a real business including operating a Point of Sale System this includes reconciling the register daily, Inventory Control, Customer Service, maintaining and cleaning the equipment, learning about Health Department Inspection, group decision making, and working as a team.  The students also are training in real Barista methods and are able to list this experience on job applications.

Ashdown Superintendent Casey Nichols said, “I am so proud of the opportunity working in the coffee shop provides for our students. They are able to see every aspect of running a business and after graduation already have skills that will make them employable in the community."

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