Because there are great ideas and people all over -- and we need to hear about (and maybe even copy) them -- here's a lovely piece by Teresa Woodard at WFAA.com:
MANSFIELD, Texas — North Texas has no shortage of trendy restaurants. One of the hottest spots in Mansfield might be a surprise because of where it is and who is running the show.
It was just after 10 a.m., and things were starting to get a little wild inside the kitchen.
“No mayo, tomatoes on side, crispy fish, fries, ketchup on side,” said Emily Castleberry.
Castleberry is the money manager, to go manager and expediter at Savvy’s Bistro in Mansfield. She’s taking phone orders and the requests are specific.
“Make sure on ticket 4 - you see it says fish crispy? Make it crispy. Not burned, but crispy!” she loudly told executive chef Donovan Johnson.
Johnson was working hard at the grill overseeing cooking and food prep, when he admitted that managing a kitchen is crazy. “Takes perseverance, effort, a lot of hard work and sweat,” he said.
But when all goes right, it’s crazy good. “It’s fun! It’s the best. The best feeling ever,” he said. “It’s the only thing I want to do with my life!”
Everyone working inside Savvy’s Bistro wants to make cooking a career, yet no one is over 18.
Savvy’s Bistro is not just run by high school students, but it’s in a high school. It’s located at Ben Barber Innovation Academy in Mansfield ISD, and their full-service restaurant is a hot little lunch spot. “We come here about once a week or so,” said customer Sylvia Birk.
Students do it all - managing, cooking, serving, cleaning, and overcoming the unplanned problems that inevitably pop up in restaurants. Some of them are also overcoming major obstacles in life.
Read the rest here (and watch the video below!), then think about whether this is something more schools -- even your own local school -- might consider doing. One reason some kids are so bored at school is that it's almost impossible to see a link to "real" life. But getting good at making something that some real person needs or uses or eats or pays for?
What a different, delicious story.