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What’s Right with Schools: Cheshire High School Ram Roasters

Whats Right With Schools

A cup of coffee can boost anyone’s day. 

At Cheshire High School, it’s not the caffeine that gives everyone a lift, it’s the students who serve it. 

The sound of the coffee drop means it about that time for the Cheshire high school “Ram Roasters” to stock up their carts. 

They take a trip around the school serving coffee and scones that are made at school. 

The “Ram Rosters” are a group of special education students venturing out into hallways and classrooms. 

“We provide a service, we do it every day. People go to see our students not just in the light of where their challenges are but where their skills are,” said special education teacher Tom Manning. 

The program creates connection points that can lead to new friendships. 

That’s how its worked for senior Kathleen Moran.

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Moran is the president of the school’s best buddies’ program. 

“Everybody involved in this program is happy and they want to be here. It’s not like a community service based thing, it’s because they want to do it and make a difference in someone’s life,” said Moran. 

Its proof the power of inclusion can have. 

It’s tough to not walk away with a smile, when you spend some time with students like Cate Fleury. 

“Here’s my slogan for the coffee cart. If you want coffee…. call us up. The coffee cart is ready for you,” said Fleury. 

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