Wayzata Special Ed Students Design Custom Coffee Mugs
The halls of Wayzata High School may not be as packed as they once were, but even during a pandemic, coffee is still an important part of the teachers’ morning routines.
Lucky for those coffee lovers, the high school just so happens to offer delivery, courtesy of the Lakers Breakfast Nook.
“Oh it’s the best part of the day is when I get to see them come in and say ‘hi’ and see the students, and I get my coffee too,” said Shanna Lecy, Wayzata’s special services supervisor.
The Lakers Breakfast Nook is a food service program comprised of special education students.
The goal is to help them learn vocational skills that can translate to the real world.
“And then eventually when they graduate, they can sustain employment independently,” said Jeremy Illg, Wayzata’s work coordinator.
Yet job skills aren’t the only benefit. The students also get to explore their creative side.
The Lakers Breakfast Nook crew designed custom mugs this year for anyone who purchased coffee delivery.
“It was really cool. It was very interesting to see their reactions to it when they were all done,” Illg said. “Their facial expressions were pretty animated, and there were some kids that were very motivated to paint more than one mug.”
It’s a small gesture that goes a long way to helping the students build confidence, while spreading joy in the process.
“Absolutely,” said Lecy. “Especially right now when we’re on Zoom, often just doing meetings and planning for students that way, to be able to see the students and interact with them and I just see them grow their skills as well as just benefit from the interaction. It’s really wonderful.”