We went to a local restaurant and they gave the students a tour of their restaurant. They told the students about their jobs and what is means to be a responsible employee. The students got to ask the employee's questions. One questions I remember is "How do they handle the restaurant when it gets busy?" Their answer was teamwork, by having to rely on each other. I love that we live in a community that is so open to helping educate our children. When we got back to class that day they received job applications where they choose three possible jobs they would like to have in our restaurant. They had to choose from these (host/hostess, drink waiter, waiter, cook, cashier, busser). After they submitted them I held interviews and discussed with them their strengths for certain jobs. They were so excited when I revealed the jobs positions...they sat and clapped for each other...haha! The weekend before our grand opening the other teachers who were also participating in the project took a trip to the closest SAM'S CLUB to get all the grub for the restaurant. Here is one of the shopping carts! Lots of stuff, right? It took three trunks to get it all home. The students enjoyed seeing all the food we had to purchase.
The last week we worked on decorations and how we were going to set up the room. They made big Mexican flags, colored little flags to make banners, moved furniture, told me where to hang the decorations. I think they really loved bossing me around...ha! Once the room was set up we got to work practicing our jobs. The students waited on me, each other, and high school peer counselors. They were ready when our first customer walked through the door. I cannot give them enough credit because I was so proud of the ownership they had for THEIR RESTAURANT. I literally hugged them twenty times before they went home that day!!
The kitchen running smoothly...we had the best cooks!