THIS coffee shop knows value, charging half the price and dishing up double the smiles.
Belmont High School’s special unit caters to 37 students with disabilities so severe that most cannot be integrated into mainstream classes.
Despite this, these kids manage to put on a bigger smile than most.
Their Wednesday mornings are devoted entirely to ‘‘coffee shop’’ – a program overseen by the school’s design and technology teacher Karen Newman.
From 9am, the students set the tables and start taking orders from school staff.
They sell cakes and slices, milkshakes, hot food, tea and coffee at low prices, which they deliver personally.
The shop, in one of the school’s cooking rooms, is complete with a cash register.
Special unit head teacher Allison Sellers said the program was beneficial to the students.
‘‘We want to increase their life skills, such as how to count money and talk to people – all the simple things you and I can do,’’ Mrs Sellers said.
The shop is open to the public by appointment from 10.30am to 11.30am, and is helping the special unit buy a $160,000 wheelchair-friendly bus.
The special unit is also seeking sponsorship for the bus.
■To donate or become a sponsor, phone the school on 49450600.