Forest Hills High students’ carpentry skills put on display at unveiling of Blessed Beans Mobile Café
On March 15, a line of students, staff and parents began to wrap around the entrance of Forest Hills High as early as 7:30 a.m.
They were all there for the unveiling of Blessed Beans Mobile Café, a new mobile coffee shop that donates its proceeds to charities and nonprofit organizations. The Blessed Beans Mobile Café was built by Forest Hills High carpentry and agriculture students, and the March 15 unveiling was the first time that the students had the opportunity to see the finished product of their handiwork.
“I’ve built things before, but nothing like this,” Forest Hills High sophomore Charly MacDonald said. “In our carpentry class, we have the opportunity to work on things that will help us or be useful in the future. I feel good knowing that what we did is for a good cause.”
What’s great about their partnership with the mobile café, Forest Hills High carpentry teacher Jacques Dean said, is that it provided his students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience while also giving back to their community.
For weeks, the carpentry students built the 8x10 mobile café, a project that helped enhance their designing, framing, insulation, roofing, basic electrical, basic plumbing and troubleshooting skills. Students enrolled in the agriculture course also provided modifications to the trailer.
After the unveiling, Blessed Beans owner and East Union Middle nurse Erin Moore said half of the proceeds from the unveiling will be donated to a fund set up for Matt Collier, a Forest Hills High teacher who is battling an illness.
Collier, who visited the mobile café, said he was extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the school’s students, parents and staff as well as the larger community.
The other half of the proceeds, Moore said, will be donated to the school’s carpentry program.
“This was such an amazing opportunity for students to learn outside of the box and give back to their community. And to have a principal that is so supportive of new ideas, ventures and partnerships that are out of the norm is so neat,” Moore said. “We wanted to bless others and this came together in such a perfect way and perfect time. I know that I couldn’t have done this all on my own.”