Sugnet School has been a special place over the years for students, teachers, staff and families. Now, a group of 25 special education students have made it even more memorable with the creation of the The Hub, a coffee shop.
“This has been a great opportunity for students to increase social skills and to practice those budgeting skills in a real world situation,” said Lynn Harris, special education supervisor/work experience. “And they get to practice their job keeping skills and learn money management.”
To celebrate The Hub, the Midland County Educational Service Agency (ESA) is inviting the public to a grand opening at 3917 Jefferson Ave. on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Not only is the public invited Wednesday, but residents are also welcome and encouraged to visit the student-run coffee shop anytime from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. any day that school is in session.
“We had a coffee shop downstairs and our thought was that it was an opportunity to begin learning some of those basic job skills,” said Harris. “When we decided to bring it back up here, what we kept calling it was basically a place where students can come as part of their day. But, they’re not here throughout the whole day, so it is a bit like a hub. Students come in during the morning and they are dispersed out to various job sites during the day and back here for lunch. Then they go back out for instruction in their classrooms.”