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Coffee, community and confidence

Common Grounds Cafe offers a special niche for special-needs students

Coffee, community and confidence

Edie Delin, left, a job councilor and manager of the Common Grounds Cafe, and Kira Valdez, 18, help customer Trisha Serrano with her order Thursday at the Durango Public Library.
Nicholas Mathews, 18, one of 11 special-needs students who works for the Common Grounds Cafe, counts the money from the cash register Thursday at Durango Public Library.
Customers and supporters gather at the Common Grounds Cafe on Friday in the Durango Public Library during the cafe’s one-year anniversary celebration. The coffee stand, established a year ago as a training program for special-needs students at Durango High School, has been a roaring success.
During the anniversary week of the Common Grounds Cafe, each Durango 9-R School District special-needs student who works at the kiosk gets to pick the special of the day at the Durango Public Library.
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