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Nashua North student pushes for coffee perk at school

Union Leader Correspondent

May 27. 2014 10:17PM

NASHUA — Andrew Lambert, a Nashua High North student representative on the Board of Education, pitched an idea to fellow board members Tuesday night for an in-school coffee shop.

“I’ve been doing research, and the school can raise revenue,” Lambert said. “Students will be buying their drinks here instead of at Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks. It would benefit both the students and the school alike.”

Board members voted to send the proposal to their Wellness Subcommittee for review.

Lambert said the shop would serve coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

“Many schools are already doing this,” he said adding that a coffee shop would hike attendance.

“It could also open up the opportunity for students interested in work experience,” he said.

Board member Elizabeth Van Twuyver asked if the shop would be run out of the existing café at Nashua North, or be somewhere else in the school.

Lambert said there are several options, including using the concession stand by the gym.

Robert Hallowell reminded the board of a proposal made several years ago to bring a Dunkin’ Donuts into Nashua North.

“If you are thinking of a private company, I think there are issues if we use the food service,” said Hallowell.

School breakfast and lunch programs are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and certain limitations and requirements may be tied to that funding, he said.

“So we would have students running this?” asked BOE member Robert Haas.

Although Lambert did not go into detail about how the new coffee enterprise would be managed, he did emphasize the idea of a private, school-run shop.

Superintendent Mark Conrad said the biggest question on the coffee shop proposal will be answered by the Wellness Committee.

“I think we need to know, does this fall in line with the district’s wellness policy,” he said.

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