Brice Hartberger has become a bit of a master at cracking eggs. "I think it's fun," he said. "It's really easy." He's spending his freshman year at William Byrd High School putting the skills he's picked up in reading and math into helping run the Cart Café.
It's a way for special education students to learn life skills and offer breakfast or snacks for sale to students. "They do the shopping, they make the grocery list, they inventory the supplies we currently have here," said instructor Ruth Overfelt.
Byrd is on a block schedule so whether it's two or three times a week, Brice and 11 of his classmates make biscuits that meet the school's nutritional guidelines, muffins, bagels or brownies and other sweets to sell from their cart. Students who smell them baking throughout the morning look forward to the cart rolling down the hall. "I yell biscuits and they all come toward me. It's fun," Hartberger said.
The money they make goes right back into the life skills class but teachers say it's more than a money making venture. "They graduate when they leave here dealing with money, taking care of a home they do things like laundry, cleaning," Overfelt said. They're skills that will help them transition into society and help their self esteem.
The students also inventory their supplies and take field trips to Sam's Club to shop which also helps them develop their social skills.