Five years following its initial grand opening event, the Logan County High School Cougar Cave has relocated. To celebrate its new home and due to the constraints of hybrid scheduling, two ribbon cuttings were held 14 and 15 October. The Cougar Cave, which is now a shop specializing in coffee offerings, has a new home located in the LCHS Library/ Media and Learning Center.

Since its initial opening in 2015, the Cougar Cave has served as an outlet for the school’s Special Education program to provide meaningful experiences for students in their program. The shop offers a venue that promotes educational, social and real-world experiences to its workers. The rest of LCHS benefits from these same invaluable interactions — as well as the array of hot and cold coffee choices.

According to Elizabeth Cooper, LCHS-MSD instructor, the Special Education program has a class called Workplace Principles. In the class, students learn about interviews, filling out timecards, job skills, counting inventory, restocking supplies, customer interactions, and money skills. After addressing these skills in the classroom, the Cougar Cave allows students to practice these real-world skills in an authentic setting. The students very much run the physical aspects of the business, with limited supervision.

To make the new Cougar Cave possible, Dr. Barry Goley, Logan County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel, Special Education, and Preschool, secured two substantial grants. A grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children (https://www.whascrusade.org/) worth $3000 purchased the coffee machines and other equipment. A United Way grant worth $5000 provides supplies, working capital, and a planned electronic menu board. Mr. Rusty Martin designed and built the coffee shop, which was purchased using district funds to support the special education program.

Jon Jukes, librarian at LCHS commented, “Aesthetically, the media center’s new addition fits nicely with the recently updated furnishings. The benefits it provides as a learning center and a conduit for interaction within our school community are immeasurable. And the coffee — it really makes the place smell great.”