Anne Arundel County Public Schools opened its first student-operated business Tuesday afternoon — a new eatery at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
Students from the Center of Applied Technology South will help staff and manage the Cafe@Maryland Hall.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for these students,” said Tammy Diedrich, manager of internship and business programs for the county schools. “To see the community and the students interact with each other, it’s a win for us.
“It’s a win for the kids because they’re in a real world situation and it’s a win for the community because they’re coming in and enjoying the space.”
The students are part of CAT South’s culinary arts program. They’ll be serving sandwiches, baked goods, brewed coffee and iced tea, said Katie Redmiles, a spokesperson for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
The juniors and seniors will run the cafe during their class lab hours every Tuesday through Thursday. After school, students will staff the cafe as part of an internship program through AACPS.
“These students are running this business. They’re part of all the management and decision-making,” Diedrich said.
The cafe space will also a feature an exhibit with artwork by performing and visual arts students at Annapolis and Broadneck high schools. Students will also perform for cafe-goers every Thursday afternoon.
The cafe is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m; and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.