Coffee is a big deal at the Sierra School. Our students use the time in the morning at our student-run coffee shop as a time to socialize with staff and peers, recharge, and to prepare for the school day ahead of them. Our school underwent construction this Fall that was completed right before holiday break. With this construction came more space for a new coffee shop. One of our gold students has taken this project on as his baby and has transformed what was once a dull office into an inviting coffee shop for the students and staff. We had several students volunteer their time to organize the new space and build a coffee bar. They continue to volunteer by running the coffee shop daily. One of our gold students has learned the art of latte making and now is sharing these skills with his peers. This coffee shop has been more than coffee to the Sierra School. It gives students a sense of pride and community as well as teaches vocational skills and peer collaboration.