Determined to creatively engage their students, Lineville Intermediate School teachers once again turned to local business LaJava Roasting House to help their students develop real world implications for their learning and engage students’ entrepreneurial spirits.

Classroom and special education teachers Heather Potts, Ruth Sodemann and Liz Heck, with support from Bobbi Jo Anderson and Laura Benesh, together form Lineville’s “Collaboration Cabin” of fifty-two fifth grade students, focused primarily on Project-based Learning.

After learning about the specific portions and the ingredients used in LaJava drinks, students were placed in groups of four to six and began to imagine the possibilities and challenges of new ideas.
The project included creatively brainstorming new hot chocolate and chai tea latte recipes they would like to test, then naming the beverages and developing marketing concepts.

On December 19th, students spent the morning taste-testing their creations in the classroom as they were visited by LaJava owners Mark and Catherine Semrau.

Several finalists were tested and ultimately one hot chocolate recipe and one chai tea latte recipe were chosen to go into limited release at LaJava’s local locations.