Topeka High School Students Help At Public Cafe

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A new cafe in Topeka is serving breakfast and lunch to the public while providing valuable experiences for Topeka students and those who haven't graduated.

The Kanza Cafe opened last month in a building owned by the Topeka School district.

The cafe's food serving manager, Jake Taylor, says adult staff operates the cafe, with volunteer high school students helping out. Volunteers also include students in the Next Step program, which teaches job and life skills to 18- to 21-year-old who haven't graduated from high school.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Taylor said the students learn such skills as customer awareness, food service, graphic design and entrepreneurship. He hopes students will eventually use the cafe for business planning, marketing and menu development.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,