Gadsden City High School Program A Tasty Success

| December 5, 2017 @ 5:00 am

By Gilbert Nicholson

What started as an unconventional way to teach math and reading to special-education students has put them in the restaurant business.

You’ll find them cooking using multiple-step recipies, taking orders, working the cash register, taking inventory, and ordering food and supplies at the Beautiful Rainbow Cafe, serving lunch and afternoon coffee from the confines of the Gadsden Public Library.

The program has given hope and a sense of worth and accomplishment to students who otherwise would most likely be stuck at home.“All of them have significant cognitive impairment,” says Chip Rowan, the Gadsden City High School special-education teacher who started the program. “Many are on the autism spectrum. All have significant disabilities related to learning, communication and socialization. Many begin the program as nonreaders.”

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