Work skills on menu for Scots Café students
Special-needs kids get schooled in food prep until they ‘blossom.’
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.