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Coffee talk: PHS students have a caffeinated new place to hang out

Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Emily Fraki, Maddie Wiese, Marrissa Riepe and Carah Ashcraft relax in the student union, enjoying a break and hot coffee.1 / 2
Submitted photo The new coffee shop in the Perham High School Student Union offers a variety of hot beverages to students and staff.2 / 2

Perham High School students have just the thing to warm up on these frigid school mornings - a steaming hot mug of coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate.

Finding that favorite frothy drink just got a little easier for students, now that a new coffee shop has opened in the student union.

Last Friday, sophomore Emily Fraki relaxed in the student union with her friends during the lunch hour.

"The coffee is really good," she said as she enjoyed her recent purchase.

"And it's cheap," added sophomore Carah Ashcraft. The students and staff pay just $1 per cup.

As part of a recent remodeling project at the high school, the former media center has been slowly evolving into a student hangout, open in the morning and throughout the lunch break.

"It's more appealing," Ashcraft said as she kicked back with her feet on a nearby table.

The student union has two large flat screen TVs, couches and a mixture of tall and short tables and chairs.

"It makes it look more like a college," Ashcraft said.

Sophomore Marrissa Riepe likes the new student union, too: "It gives us a place just to relax before class."

"We aren't disturbing other classes," added sophomore Maddie Wiese.

Noise in the hallways was part of the reason administrators pushed for the upgrades on the student union. In years past, the hallways were the only space available for kids to hang out between classes.

The coffee shop, which opened last week, will continue to expand over the next year, with plans to offer Perham apparel and iPad accessories. Right now the coffee shop has a variety of hot and cold drinks, and will soon offer snack and food options.

The improvements in the student union were possible because of a donation from the Wardale family to the Perham-Dent School District's 549 Foundation. The foundation board wanted this money to be used toward a project that would noticeably improve the high school.