Spotlight on youth: Mirror Lake Middle School Cafe fundraiser

Published: Jan. 16, 2019 at 10:16 AM AKST
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They're a small group with a mighty goal. Students at Mirror Lake Middle School are blending and serving up sweet treats to help empower girls in another country. Every Friday, the Coyote Cafe opens to students ready to get their hands on hot chocolate, a pastry or mango banana smoothie.

All of the money raised from the cafe goes to help girls a world away at the Malawi Children's Village in Africa, specifically to the empowering girls through education club.

"I know that when I like cap the smoothies or peel the bananas, I know that over across the ocean, there's girls that would probably do that to me if I needed help," said Jill Gates.

The cafe is run as a group effort and each girl has a specific job. The cafe is only open 1 day a week and on average brings in between $140 and $150. On busy days, that amount is even higher.

"It makes me feel good because I know that I'm helping someone that needs help," said Emalee Nightingale.

"Volunteering is always something I've wanted to do and it's something I enjoy," added Amelia Nuss.

Last year, the Coyote Cafe raised $2,500. So far this year they're at $1,500.

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