For the last two years, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have worked collaboratively to create a community work experience for students with disabilities.  Martha Taylor, Job Coach for ESE, and Mr. Douglas Baber, Human Resources Manager for St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners, along with the support of Mr. Howard Tipton and Ms. Frannie Hutchinson paved the way for the “Coffee Perks” program.

Participation in this program has provided valuable experiences for students that has allowed them to transfer the skills they have been taught in the classroom to a real world opportunity, thus expanding their learning.   The “Coffee Perks” program operates weekly at the BOCC Office on Virginia Avenue and is managed completely by students with the supervision of Martha Taylor and staff.

SLPS is fortunate to have the wonderful opportunity for students to gain real-world experiences in the natural setting and to gain the essential skills necessary to eventually obtain gainful competitive employment.

*This team was recognized for their outstanding efforts at the March School Board Meeting.  They were presented with a Navigator Transition Award.