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Patapsco special-ed students can't serve coffee at school, will now sell slushies
Patapsco special-ed students can't serve coffee at school, will now sell slushies

For Austin Bradburn, a fresh cup of coffee, brewed and delivered during the busy early-morning hallway rush, became an unlikely path into the complex social world of his high school. Bradburn and eight fellow Patapsco High School special-education students began brewing coffee in their Patriot Java Stop last December, an idea launched by their teachers as a way to give the students real-world skills for their life after high school. "Nothing we have ever done has given them so many gains," said Dana Evans, who has taught the students with Beth Gray for the past dozen years. The students had to emerge from the cocoon of the classroom, where they had been isolated most of their...

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