Work skills on menu for Scots Café stu­dents

Spe­cial-needs kids get schooled in food prep un­til they ‘blos­som.’

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO&STATE - By Elvia Li­mon The Dal­las Morn­ing News Scots

The scent of pulled pork lingers in­side the Scots Café class­room at High­land Park High School.

“The hall­way is al­ways smelling like what we’re pre­par­ing,” said Yvette Car­de­nas, the di­rec­tor of Scots Café. “The stu­dents in the hall­way al­ways stop by to say ‘Hi’ to the stu­dents in here.”

The café is part of the High­land Park school district’s tran­si­tion pro­gram, in which young adults with spe­cial needs learn work skills by han­dling and pre­par­ing food for school and area cater­ing events. The young peo­ple in the pro­gram as­sist with pre­par­ing, cook­ing and sell­ing the food. The money col­lected from the sales is used to fund cater­ing events. Scots Café work­ers are not paid,


Ben Acker, a stu­dent at Scots Café, trans­fers baked pota­toes into a hot­box for sale ear­lier this month at the North Texas Ir­ish Fes­ti­val at Fair Park in Dal­las.

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