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The learning is baked in

A new student-run café will serve faculty and staff at Schalmont Middle School!

Middle School Home and Careers instructor Regina Hanson and a cadre of hard-working students are opening up the Sabre Café, an all student-run café that will be located near the cafeteria in the middle school.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the café was held Monday, Feb. 5, at 6:3o p.m., just before the Board of Education meeting.

Caleb Mathurin, a 7th grader who likes cooking pancakes at home, is excited about the cafe.

“It’s really cool that people will be buying the things we’re making.”

Seventh-grader Abby Sellnow also likes to bake at home.

“Just getting everything prepared for the opening has been pretty challenging,” she said.

Gabby Amorosa cooks at home, but says it’s a lot different when you’re preparing food to sell. “You have to make sure everything’s perfect -”

“-But you have to make sure it’s unique,” finished Jordan Becker. “You can’t just use a recipe that anyone can get.”

The café’s location and opening has been made possible by generous donations from Curtis Lumber, Price Chopper, Hannaford, and Canalis Restaurant.

Right now, the plan is for the café to be open on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:05 to 7:35. The students will come in early and earn community service hours for their work. If there’s enough demand and if the café can turn a profit after the donated supplies run out, Hanson says they will consider more hours.

In addition to being skillful bakers, café workers also have to be model students. Every student involved in the café must have an average of 85 or more, and must have a clean disciplinary record.

“This has been an amazing experience and the kids have worked so hard to make the café happen,” said Hanson. “I’ve given them some guidance, but really they’ve taken this and run with it. I can’t commend them enough.”