MV Coffee Cart caps off first year success

Pump N Pantry Food Service Supervisor Wade Robinson demonstrates how to make a pizza to Mountain View Elementary life skills students that visited the New Milford store Monday morning. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Pump N Pantry Food Service Supervisor Wade Robinson demonstrates how to make a pizza to Mountain View Elementary life skills students that visited the New Milford store Monday morning. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

With help from the Pump N Pantry, Mountain View Elementary life skills class launched its coffee cart earlier this year.

Wade Robinson, Pump N Pantry’s food service supervisor, helped install the coffee cart program at the school and on Monday, he got a chance to show the students a glimpse behind the counter at the New Milford store.

Robinson demonstrated how pizzas and sub sandwiches, as well as other hot foods, are prepared each day in the store.

The students also toured the store’s cooler area – taking a look at the operation from behind the beverage case.

They then dined on the pizzas they watched being made especially for them.

The field trip culminated with a stop at the Lenox Dairy Bar for ice cream. The ice cream purchased out of proceeds from the class coffee cart sales.

Teacher Pamela Ealo said the weekly coffee cart has grown to serve about 30 customers and teachers at Mountain View look forward to their morning cup.

“It’s been a great experience with the kids,” Ealo said. “They are verbalizing more; they’re using more social skills and manners; and the teachers are complimenting those things.”