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Coffee For A Cause

Christian Brothers students are notorious for their morning coffees and quick pit stops to start up their day with some caffeine. But this morning coffee stop can lead to tardies, detentions, and lack of parking spaces. But don’t fear, Christian Brothers S.A.L.T team has solved this epidemic by creating the first ever Christian Brothers Coffee […]

Christian Brothers students are notorious for their morning coffees and quick pit stops to start up their day with some caffeine. But this morning coffee stop can lead to tardies, detentions, and lack of parking spaces.

But don’t fear, Christian Brothers S.A.L.T team has solved this epidemic by creating the first ever Christian Brothers Coffee Shop. Not only does the Coffee House serve Falcons, but also is helping our sister school St. John Baptist De La Salle Catholic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The S.A.L.T club this year on Club Day.

S.A.L.T, which stands for Social Action Leadership Team, is a club that was established this year to get the Christian Brothers community in touch with the world around by creating a platform where they can put service into action.

“It’s dedicated to serving the community and being servant leaders who take action on social issues right in front us,” group member Olivia Robbins-Jonas (’20) says. “The main goal is to do Christian service and live out our school motto of ‘enter to learn, leave to serve.’”

The idea of the coffee house came to Olivia over summer break.

“I went to Youth Leadership America this summer with some other Christian Brothers students and St. Paul High School in Louisiana does one of its own that supports their club,” the senior says. “We liked the idea, and when we got back in school, I really invested in it and started thinking about it, and we ran with it under S.A.L.T”

The Coffee House set up and ready to serve Falcons.

As of this year the funding from student events that was once going to our sister school in Addis Ababa is now used to fund another source. S.A.L.T took it onto themselves to use the money they gained from the coffee house profits to give to St. John Baptist De La Salle Catholic in Ethiopia.

“When we got the okay, we started to organize,” Olivia says. “When we found out about St. John Baptist, the coffee house became even more beneficial to our community by having the proceeds go to our sister school in Ethiopia.”

So the coffee house became a reality, and S.A.L.T began organizing and figuring out where they could source coffee. Old Soul, a coffee shop only a few miles away from Christian Brothers in the heart of Oak Park, was more than happy to donate coffee for the cause.

“Our coffee donations are taken from Old Soul, who actually gets their coffee from Ethiopia so it really comes full circle,” Olivia says.

The S.A.L.T Coffee House made its grand opening on October 3. The day was a success and students and teachers expressed positive feedback.

“Many people here are already drinking coffee in the morning so this is just providing us with a service we can use and it’s benefiting our sister school and bringing the whole community together in a fun social way,” says art teacher Mrs. Christine Kerr.

S.A.L.T members in front of the Coffee House after the first day.

“I really love how our school is fundraising for our sister school using coffee so we all benefit,” Danny Buckner (’20). “The coffee was really good and I liked the variety they had to offer.”

“They have a wide variety of drinks, so I was able to try something new that I had never before. It was really good!” Gaby Inclan (’20) says. “I think it’s super cool because, other than putting money to a Starbucks or coffee chain, you can help out our sister school. I think they should continue to keep doing this.”

Club member Mariah Escobar (’20) expressed her satisfaction with how the morning went.

“It went so well! In the beginning, we were saying that if it wasn’t as successful as we would have liked, we would open it once every month. Fortunately it was a huge hit in the community and we will be opening every late start day!”

The S.A.L.T Coffee House will be open Thursday before school. The club is looking to expand into opening other days of the week, but will need full support from the Christian Brothers community.

“We hope this is something sustainable even after this group of classes in S.A.L.T is gone,” Olivia says. “We are always looking to expand and raise as much as we can.”

So come out and support your fellow Falcons as they work in making service fun and fresh on our very own Christian Brothers campus.

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