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Alaska high school students start drive-thru coffee shop

Posted May 18

— A group of Alaska high school students has started a drive-thru coffee shop in Wasilla.

The students from Twindley Bridge Charter School came up with the idea two semesters ago as a class project, KTUU-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2qAwIet ).

They had taken a class through Kaladi Brothers coffee to become certified baristas.

"They design the signs, they design the logos, they decide on the drinks that they want to serve down to the coffee sleeves we order off Amazon," shop manager Elizabeth Mills said. "They make all those decisions. I'm really just here to guide them."

One student per shift makes federal minimum wage and the others working are volunteers.

Principal John Weetman says the program is funded through the school's budget — but is projected to be a completely sustainable coffee business.

"(Tips) go to the school activity fund so at the end of the year with all the tips we get to do something educational," student barista Leigha Peace said.

The class might use the money to take a field trip to Washington, D.C., Peace said.

TB Coffee is completely staffed and run by the students five mornings a week, 6:30-10 a.m. The hours may be expanded during the summer months, students said.

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