FAIR LAWN, NJ - While there used to be the occasional student or teacher moving through the halls at Fair Lawn High School between classes, there are now students dressed in aprons navigating beverage carts through the hallways with the aroma of strong coffee wafting around them as they scurry to make deliveries. 

This is part of the soft opening of the Busy BEAN Coffee Shop at Fair Lawn High School, and it is keeping students more than busy. They are prepping carts, putting labels on cup sleeves, checking inventory, and taking and delivering orders. The goal is to teach students real-life skills they can transfer to real-life situations. 

After a donation from FLASE, the Special Education PTO, for the startup supplies, the Busy BEAN Coffee Shop opened in room C103 as part of the Student Service’s Transition Program. 

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When not delivering coffee and tea to teachers and staff, students are learning important social skills, how to calculate change and be responsible for a job.

“The soft opening is going very, very well and the students have made strides in terms of speed of delivery and improving their social skills,” said Tori Russo, Fair Lawn High School Transition Coordinator. 

“The students are learning very important prerequisite job skills which will prepare them for future jobs and career opportunities,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Camille DeFranco. 

“FLASE is really happy to make this process happen,” FLASE President Mel Jerchower said. 

At this point, the delivery of beverages is only for teachers and administration (sorry students). Beverages are complimentary. The Busy BEAN Coffee shop is open on Wednesday and Friday during Periods 2, 3 and 4. Online orders are placed through a Google form.