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Student-led cafe supporting Catholic charities

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Year 9 students at Cabra Dominican College have been busy in the kitchen this year cooking up a storm and serving coffees in order to raise nearly $1000 to support those in need in the community.

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As part of their Business and Enterprise studies, the students have been running Café Crumbs at the college each Friday morning, as well as spending time on Mondays making soup for the Adelaide Centre for Homeless Persons in Moore Street.

Besides learning skills such as menu planning, budgeting, ordering ingredients and providing good customer service, the students said it was good to know their efforts were helping those in need.

Co-ordinator of the program, deputy principal Nicole Laube, said the students had “thrived” in the café environment.

“This real-life authentic learning experience allows them to live out their Catholic identity and learn about the world beyond Cabra,” she said.

“It’s helped to increase their capabilities and life skills, and their team work has been incredible.

“It’s completely student-led. They decide the menu, organise what ingredients are needed and then send me the shopping list. Some of the supplies, such as eggs, are brought from homes where students have chickens, and the herbs and spinach are grown in the Cabra garden.”

The customers are usually Year 12 students and staff however, on November 8 the students invited representatives from Hutt St Centre, Catherine House and Catholic Charities so they could see how money is being raised.

Mrs Laube said a benefit of the program was that the work in the café contributed to credits for SACE Year 11 Stage 1 Community Studies. Another bonus was the interaction that occurred between the Year 9 class and students from the onsite St Mary’s Unit, who run Cafe Crumbs each Thursday.

“They’ve been doing Café Crumbs for a while so it’s been nice to see that they are teaching the Year 9s what to do.”

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