Coffee Cart delivers at Mt. View

Mountain View Elementary life skills students launched the Coffee Cart on Friday. Sponsored and equipped by Pump N Pantry, students deliver cups of fresh brewed coffee to staffers in the elementary school. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

Nothing starts a day better than a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

And now on one morning a week, Mountain View elementary staffers can have a cup of the morning brew delivered directly to their classrooms.

Elementary life skills students launched the Mountain View Coffee Cart on Friday with a free trial run.

Teachers Pamela Ealo and Christine Depew said the response was “phenomenal” and over 25 Mountain View staffers have already signed on for this week’s coffee service. With two carts running, they were hard pressed to keep up with all the orders during the debut week.

The coffee, supplies and brewing equipment has been supplied by Pump N Pantry.

Ealo said the class was looking for donations to help start its “coffee cart” and Pump N Pantry stepped in to fund the entire program.

Pump N Pantry Food Service Supervisor Wade Robinson said the “Coffee Cart” was the company’s first collaboration with Mountain View.

On Monday, Robinson returned to the life skills classroom to talk to the students about convenience stores and to drop off some more supplies, including Pump N Pantry visors and nametags for the students to wear while making their Friday morning deliveries.

And he also talked about coffee. “We make it the same way in the store that you make it in the classroom,” Robinson told the students.

But the coffee cart project is far more than a simple ‘cup of joe.”

Ealo said, “When the students deliver the coffee, they get to practice their social skills and manners.”

And the coffee cart benefits to students won’t stop at the school door.

Proceeds from the cart will be used to help fund community-based learning experiences for the students, including field trips and arts and crafts projects.