Coffee for a cause

Teacher Justin Johnson, from the left, discusses Thursday the salt-water fish tank in his science classroom at Central Middle School with student Will Kelly and Jim King of Muscatine.

It’s easy to complain about teachers.

But there are far more good teachers out there whose hard work is often overlooked. Take, for example, Justin Johnson, who teaches science at Central Middle School in Muscatine.

In addition to teaching, he has helped his students organize a coffee bar in the school. They set up from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the  main hallway at CMS, where they sell coffee for $1 a cup. They also sell pastries and fruit. Money raised by the students will be used to help maintain the aquariums that Johnson uses as teaching tools in his classroom.

This in-school coffee shop was intended to serve faculty and staff at CMS. But I wandered in Thursday with the father of one of Johnson’s students. We were joined by a third friend from the Muscatine Community Y. We were served and Johnson says he and his students  will sell coffee to other community members who stop in for a caffeine fix.

There are a lot of lessons being taught here. As I understand it, the students are largely responsible for maintaining the aquariums. And they are also learning a little about capitalism as they raise money to help pay for the materials and supplies they need.

To be honest, I’ve had better coffee. But I sure like what the cup of coffee I had this morning represents.

More on Facebook: If you’re not one of my Facebook friends, you miss a lot of interesting stuff. Today, this photo is attracting a lot of chatter. So far, the best comment I’ve read referred to this guy as Mr. Incredible.

6 thoughts on “Coffee for a cause

  • Good piece Chris. I agree with the “far more good teachers out there” statement. I’ve attended both last year’s and this year’s in-service day at the MHS auditorium and I attended not because I’m the mayor, I went because I like to see how fired up the teachers are about the new school year. I know many of the teachers because of my bus driving responsibilities and as time goes on many teachers like having “the mayor” driving for their field trips and that gives me additional time to hang with students and I believe most educators fall into the above catagory. We are lucky in Muscatine anyway to have so many caring teaching out young people. Thanks

  • I’m humbled, Steinbach. Thanks for the patronage and the publicity for CMS Aquarium Committee! Be sure to swing by and check out the tanks the students tend to at Musser Library and Francesca Vitale’s. Anticipated stocking of the Vitale tank is 9/15/2012!!!

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