5/18 APS Ribbon Cutting for Therrell High School’s Café 3099

Taylor R. Jones - APS Communications & Public Engagement  

APS Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Therrell High School’s Café 3099

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools (APS) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School to unveil its student-run snack bar, Café 3099, on May 10.

Café 3099 is a School Based Enterprise (SBE) program housed at Therrell to provide hands-on learning experiences in marketing, finance, hospitality and management for students with disabilities, while integrating the national and state curriculum standards. SBE programs are also considered “entrepreneurial operations” that are run and managed by students.
D.M. Therrell High School Cafe 3099 - Atlanta Public Schools  
(From L-R) APS Superintendent, Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D, D.M. Therrell High School students Briana Carter and Malayisia Harris, Moderate Intellectual Disabilities teacher Dr. Michelle Mainor, D.M. Therrell High School student Dominique Laster and Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School Principal Shelly Powell cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Café 3099. Photo Credit: Atlanta Public Schools

The idea of forming an SBE at Therrell started with APS Career Technical Instructor Dr. Josephine Barksdale to provide students with disabilities a common goal and purpose.

“Café 3099 brings hope, responsibility and independence, while also teaching valuable skills like time management, customer service, and interviewing and leadership skills,” said Barksdale. “We are creating careers that will give students viable options for their future.”

Barksdale also credits Dr. Michelle Mainor, Therrell’s Moderate Intellectual Disabilities teacher; Neke Davis, regional unit paraprofessional; and Autism teacher Danielle Rogers for the inception of Café 3099.

Therrell Principal Shelly Powell is in full support of the program.

“We are truly excited about the possibilities that this training brings to our campus,” Powell said. “We hope to be the exemplar for the State of Georgia in meeting the unique needs of student with disabilities.”

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