Senior students at Hervey Bay Special School have been showing off their barista skills after the local Freemasons and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated a new coffee machine for their training coffee shop.
Hervey Bay Daylight Masonic Lodge Secretary David Hall said they were thrilled to support the school with this venture so that students could develop important life-skills.
“The old tuckshop has been converted into a new training coffee shop, which is open to the public every Friday. The coffee machine they were using could only make one coffee at a time, so this made things more practical,” David said.
“Senior students are learning how to work as a team, to run their own business, from buying stock, to making lovely cakes and slices. Making all sorts of Barista style coffees and teas and at the end of the day counting the money and balancing the books,” he said.
“As these children graduate and leave school they will be employable in the hospitality industry. Some may even go on to complete apprenticeships and become skilled chefs.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said educational initiatives that empower students with disabilities to lead more independent lives was one of their key focus areas.
“Having important life-skills will in the long-term empower these young people to be in control of their future and to lead better lives,” Gary said.
“Together, Hervey Bay Daylight Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket have been able to make a bigger impact at a grassroots level,” he said.
Hervey Bay Special School has 110 students in attendance from preschool to Year 12.
Photo: A student at Hervey Bay Special School tests the new coffee machine donated by the local Freemasons.