Eagle Ridge Students Practice Life Skills

Eagle Ridge Students Practice Life Skills
Posted on 03/25/2024

Long before the first bell rings, Eagle Ridge Elementary’s SSN Learning Specialist Lisa Herman brews coffee and tea and gathers supplies for the Friday coffee bar. This enterprise features students in the significant support needs (SSN) program serving as baristas while developing skills and having fun.

The activity provides these K-6 students with the opportunity to interact with adults while practicing social and life skills. Herman says it’s all part of a larger plan to help her students build independence and self-sufficiency. 

“We’ve even taught them how to use a microwave,” Herman said.

On Fridays, students in the SSN program report to their posts at the Herman Cafe in the school’s lobby, serving refreshments and providing beverage essentials from the condiment station. 

Like any good establishment, it’s important to know your customers and their preferences. To that end, the students invite staff to place their beverage orders on Wednesdays. On Fridays, the students fulfill the orders. Each order includes a staff member's photo to help students recognize those who pick up their beverages at the cafe. Some teachers pick up their drinks when they arrive, while others choose to have their orders delivered to them in their classrooms. The students aim to please, fulfilling the cafe’s moniker, “Bringing Joy to Your Day.”

Herman said she got the idea for the coffee bar from a colleague who started a similar program. But like any new venture, there’s always a learning curve.

“Each week we tweak something. We learn something new and modify it for next time,” said Herman.

The Eagle Ridge community supports the operation. Second-grade teacher Stephanie Kopet made the staff and students their branded barista aprons promoting the Herman Cafe. 

Staff tips the baristas and that money helps replenish funds to purchase the coffee, tea, hot chocolate mix, whipped cream, marshmallows, creamer, sugar, and paper products.

The students are drinking this up! Herman said they love how the teachers make them feel so special when serving them. 

Some students shared their thoughts about the program:

  • Jazmine said it's a lot of fun, and she enjoys making the hot chocolate.

  • Talon said he loves serving the coffee to the teachers.

  • Solomon, Daniel, and Brady said it’s fun to deliver the coffee to the teachers and hear them say, ‘Thank you.’

  • Khushi and Charley like taking the money. 


What a great way to celebrate Fridays with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at Eagle Ridge Elementary! 


Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2024 SchoolMessenger Corporation. All rights reserved.

In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).