Pride Cafe


When walking the JHS halls in the morning, there’s a sense of grogginess among the students, and even some teachers. There has been desire to resolve the problem with a cafe shop at Jeff for quite some time now.

On Nov. 18, that dream became a reality.

Jeff’s new cafe, which is located on the right-hand side of the Pride Store, is known as the Pride Cafe. The cafe will be selling cups of coffee, and hot chocolate with marshmallows, for $1 per cup on Fridays from 7:10 – 7:45 a.m.

Inside the store, there are three coffee makers, and four flavors to choose from: hazelnut, caramel, pumpkin spice, french vanilla. The Pride Cafe is also having a holiday special in December, so students will have the chance to get peppermint flavored coffee as a choice to choose from.

Social studies teacher Steve Cooley, who was a major help in making the cafe a possibility, was in charge of getting the Pride Cafe ready the day before the grand opening. Cooley was excited about the opening, and equally excited for the students to enjoy the cafe for themselves.

“Hopefully we will have a line of kids out there waiting to get in,” Cooley said.

Inside the Cafe

The cafe is a PBIS (Protective Behavioral Intervention and Supports) rewards fundraiser. So when students buy a cup of coffee, the money earned will go towards rewards and prizes that JHS will then give back out to students who win them. Some of these prizes include gift cards, trips during school days, and more.

“What we’re trying to do is find a way to generate a revenue stream to pay back the kids,” Cooley said.

So how did the idea of the Pride Cafe become a reality? According to Cooley, a student-teacher at another school had a Keurig in the classroom, and would reward her students with coffee for good behavior.

That, along with cooling weather, is what prompted JHS staff to implement a cafe at the school.

The expectations for the cafe is that students at Jeff High will enjoy a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate in the morning to feel more awake, while also being responsible with it and throwing their trash away once they’re done.

“We want to encourage our kids (students) to be smart with the coffee,” Cooley said.

There has been talk among staff of a lounge being the next step for the cafe so students can go in, relax and watch some television while enjoying a nice cup of coffee. The Pride Cafe could be the start of a Pride Lounge, potentially becoming the next addition to the many improvements added to JHS recently.

As Cooley wished, the opening of the cafe was a hit, with roughly 60 students waiting in line to get their cup of coffee and hot chocolate.

Unfortunately the cafe was forced to close before everyone could get a cup due to the overwhelming response. If the Pride Cafe continues with the success it has shown, it could become a well-known tradition at Jeff High.

Top 5 Festive Places in Jeff

story by Tomi Clark

photo by Evan Petty

5: Walnut Ridge: 2108 Hamburg Pike

Glowing gold and red bows line the garden, ornate wreaths hang over the opening. Walnut Ridge is known for flowers and gardening items — but not just. What distinguishes Walnut Ridge from others is they have exclusive, unlit trees for you to purchase and enjoy. During this time of year, they offer Christmas trees, decorations, and gifts; perfect for the season!

4: Horner Novelty: 310 Spring St

A shop filled with wreaths, tinsel, and trees. Lights, ornaments, and garland. A place to visit just to admire the Christmas decorations. A perfect place to buy gifts, gather holiday party supplies, and gaze upon the lights to get you into the festive spirit.

3: Ice Skating Rink: 200 Spring St

Majestically skating across the frozen ice, spinning and twirling. And after the skate, warm up by sipping on some sweet, steaming hot chocolate. It’s only open during the winter season so make sure to visit atleast once! Visit to get yourself into the season’s spirit.

2: Hallmark: 2784 Meijers Drive

A tree, adorned with shimmering ornaments, greets your eyes. Cards, jewelry, books, candies, and toys line the displays awaiting to be given. Unique because they have the special Keepsake Christmas ornaments. Hallmark is always decorated for the season’s festivity, and a great place to buy memorable gifts that show you care.

1: Schimpff’s Confectionery: 347 Spring St

Savory red hots, delicate little chocolates wrapped up in a festive holiday box, and pure white chocolate snowflakes falling right into your mouth. Schimpff’s is special because you can tour the candy museum, and they are expanding the shop. Can’t you taste the exquisite confectioneries melting on your tongue?