I'm a coffee drinker myself, but I usually don't drink any once I get to school. However, a few weeks ago I got the email from the Life Skills teacher and she mentioned that the flavor that day was Almond Joy (one of my favorite candy bars). It costs a dollar for a HUGE cup of coffee, and it's delivered to your room by a Life Skills student (or students) and one of the kids that volunteer to help in that classroom. I figured I'd give the coffee a try (it was awesome) because it sounded good and the kids could use the money for their fund.
It's kind of fun - you call the Life Skills room, and order your coffee. About ten minutes later a hot, steaming cup of coffee is delivered to your room. The first time I did it, one of my homeroom kids was the helper, and my "delivery boy" was a sweet little kid in a wheel chair. I gave them both reward money and thanked them for the coffee. Sunshine Boy in the wheel chair lit up like I'd just given him a million dollars and waved that reward buck around with abandon.
That made my day.
Today, another email about Almond Joy arrived, and I ordered another cup of coffee. Another one of my kids was the helper and he came with Sunshine Boy and another kid who helped pushed Sunshine Boy's wheelchair. I paid my real dollar for my coffee and gave all three of them a reward buck. Again, Sunshine Boy just lit up like a Christmas tree, giggled and waved that reward buck like nobody's business.
That smile and that unadulterated joy was just awesome!
So now, I think I'm going to be ordering flavored coffee pretty much every day they offer it. It's worth it to see that smile from Sunshine Boy. He truly makes my day!