BRUNSWICK –– The student-run caf￩ at the Brunswick Recreation Center has a new moniker, a name selected by a high school student that wanted to infuse some fun into the eatery.
The caf￩, formerly called the Blue Devils Caf￩, is now the Pride Bites Caf￩.
The new slogan is “Lettuce Eat.”
“This year, we held it at the rec center for the obvious reason of Pride Bites and kind of doing this sign unveiling,” said Amy Rutledge, the district’s community relations coordinator.
Senior Katie-Anne Krause came up with the new name and logo and junior Rick Asad came up with the new slogan. It was revealed Friday morning during the fourth annual Brunswick Business Partnership meeting.
“I was looking around Google trying to find different names and I just came up with a random one,” said Krause.
Through the business partnership program, students like Krause get to learn skills and do jobs such as clerical work, greeting, stocking shelves, restaurant set up and more.
“Complicated,” is how Krause explains the responsibility of juggling work and school.
She has a job at Southpark Mall in Strongsville and has been involved in the work-study program in the past.
“I have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) in math so it’s kind of hard to do math and stuff, but I have people who help me,” she said.
Brunswick Schools has a work-study program and partners with many Brunswick businesses. The business partnership meeting serves to recognize the businesses that help work-study students and to present what the work study program is all about to businesses who aren’t involved.
Marilou Weidus, transition coordinator for the district, started the business partnership four years ago.
“It allows (the students) to take the skill sets we are working on at the high school level and actually transfer them out into the community,” Weidus said.
She said that students also get to see how many job opportunities are available in the area and learn about new aspects from the point of view of a customer.
The program is available to students with disabilities or for students who might not view a traditional four-year college as an option. The district works with businesses such as the Brunswick Recreation Center, Scene 75 and Firstar Precision Corporation, which often hire work study students. Other businesses, like Dollar Bank, participate in events like “Interview Day.”
“I think learning real-life job skills such as interviewing are crucial. That will help give a child success with any job they are trying to achieve or any title throughout their life,” said Kevin New, who runs the recently opened Dollar Bank in Brunswick.