Shawnee Mission South students learn entrepreneurship through in-school coffee shop

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It started in a closet — a coffee closet to be exact.

Now, The Green Bean Coffee Shop, tucked away in a quiet corner of the Shawnee Mission South High School library, is doing big business.

Last year, business students approached Principal Dr. Todd Dain, about opening a coffee shop for students and faculty.

He urged them to put together a plan with real numbers and a real community partner.

The student entrepreneurs, with help from business teacher Bryce McElroy, got busy.

Now, they’re here around 7:00 a.m., with coffee provided by The Roasterie, to serve somewhat blurry-eyed fellow students and teachers.

Of course, there is a Raiders Blend!

They also make deliveries throughout the school.

For the young business-baristas, this has been an excellent opportunity to learn about building a business, from the ground up.

Or, should that be, from the “grounds” up.

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