UA Rise Cafe will be a student run coffee shop housed in Upper Arlington High School.

The coffee shop will be implemented, managed, and staffed by students in Career Based Intervention (CBI) and UA Connect, programs that serve students with barriers to academic success.

UA Rise Cafe will serve the high school and surrounding Upper Arlington community. The shop will offer hot, iced, and blended coffee drinks as well as tea and fruit smoothies. This venture aims to instill ownership, develop leadership skills and improve the self-esteem of students within our programs.

UA Rise Cafe also aims to become a self-funded entity. We have secured funding for our proposal due to generous donations from Upper Arlington City Schools Innovation Council, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Upper Arlington Rotary, Huffman's Market, Upper Arlington Career Development, UAHS Student Council, UAHS Student Foundation, coffee mug sales and generous donations from staff at UAHS.

A portion of the profits will be used to pay students who are part of the work portion of Career Based Intervention. The remainder of the profits will be returned to the high school for educational needs (i.e., scholarships, technology, art supplies, science equipment, etc).

We also plan to donate 10 percent of our profits to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and other nonprofits, thus incorporating a service-learning component into the overall entrepreneurial nature of this project. The students also plan to showcase student artwork at the caf.

We will open April 6. Our initial operating hours will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and during the lunch periods. We plan to extend our hours and be open during special school activities after we become operational.

We have partnered with Crimson Cup, a local coffee roaster. They will be providing us with materials, product, training and on-going support.

We look forward to opening and hope you will make UA Rise Cafe a part of your morning.

Volunteers needed at the polls May 5

To the UA chamber of commerce:
We wanted to thank you for encouraging members of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce to work the polls for us last November under the Champions of Democracy program.

You helped us place more than 5,000 poll workers for the presidential election. We will need about half that number for May 5 primary due to a light turnout projected and have made a few changes in our recruiting efforts that we hope you can share with your members in an upcoming newsletter.

Anyone interested in working the polls or serving in a standby capacity for the primary should call the board of elections at 462-4884 or register online at http://vote. by April 17.

All poll training will be conducted at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial for the primary. Thanks in advance for your help. Please keep us in mind for November when we will need our usual number of poll workers for the general election.

Ben Piscitelli
Franklin County Board of Elections