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On-Campus Ice Cream Shop Serves Up Job Skills, Incentives

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As heat waves roll across the country, an on-campus Baskin-Robbins is bringing students at one California school relief by serving up cool treats and job opportunities for students with disabilities.

A non-profit Baskin-Robbins located at Tobinworld — a Glendale, Calif. school for students with autism and emotional disturbance — is the only one of its kind. Two dozen students staff the store, landing jobs scooping up the 31 flavors after filling out applications and going through an interview process.

Everything about Tobinworld’s Baskin-Robbins is true to form, down to the paint color, chairs and tables, with one notable exception. Rather than posting monetary prices for sundaes and milkshakes, there is a token value for each item. That’s because the school’s 300 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are able to purchase treats with tokens they’ve earned for good behavior and completing schoolwork.

While students don’t earn a wage for working at the store, they learn valuable social skills, which many have used to land positions at traditional Baskin-Robbins outlets and other venues, reports the Los Angeles Times. To read more click here.

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  1. taniamorse85 says:

    I read about this a couple days ago in the Times. This is such a great opportunity for these students. However, I would like to share something this story does not. In addition to the using their tokens at the Baskin-Robbins, the students also have the opportunity to use them at an arcade located in the basement of the school. I am really impressed that they have this choice.

  2. intrepidous says:

    I am concerned that the individuals working in the ice cream shop are not paid. What kind of message does that send to the community? People with DD aren’t worth paying and should service non-disabled people for free?

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