Team Project Week 2019

Team Project Week 2019

What is Team Project Week?

Every year, our students in grades 6-12 take a week off from their traditional schedules to come together for Team Project Week – a week of experiential learning outside of the classroom. During Team Project Week, our students are mixed across grade level and assigned to teams. Each team shares a common challenge, which students must collaborate together to overcome. These projects are kept a secret until they are revealed immediately before Team Project Week kicks off.

This Year’s Project

This year, eleven teams of students competed to start a profitable coffee shop that operates with excellence here in York City. Teams wrote a business plan, applied for needed licenses, branded and marketed their business, and finally, opened for two days of sales. Students filled roles from business owner to barista. As part of their project, teams also built websites for their coffee shops! You can check out their websites and a photo gallery of their shops below.

To support these new emerging businesses, two competing marketing firms with three students to each firm offered their services to help each company get off the ground through advertisement. As a reward for their hard work, these students earned a tour at Gavin Advertising.

From left to right: Gabby, Joseph, Jalissa, Tabitha, Alexa, Amelia, Makenzie, Oscar, Laurali, Jose, and Marquise.

The Winners

Congratulations to the grand prize winner, Aroma de Moca! They earned awards in the following categories:

Most Profitable Business, Best Brand Design & Marketing, Best Coffee Shop, Best Customer Service, and Best Website.

As a reward, the team earned a trip to I-ron-ic Coffee Shop. They will be accompanied by Mr. Anderson and this year’s commencement speaker.

Other category winners:

  • Kopi de Casa-Best Non-Coffee Product, Best Business Plan, and Best Team Work.
  • The Daily Grind- Best Space and Design
  • Tilik’i Kafe-  Most Charitable Company and Coffee Trivia Expert

Thank you!

A special thank you to our families, friends, and special guests who came to shop. We received so much positive feedback! Thank you to our judges, who took the time from their busy schedules to invest in our students:

  • Chris Drinkut from Gavin Advertising
  • Crystal Weaver from Prince St. Cafe
  • Kris Kelley from Rustic Cup
  • Dave Smith from I-ron-ic Coffee Cafe & Unique Thrift
  • Nate Rivera from Community First Fund

Student Websites

The Cracked Mug
Aroma de Moca
Kopi de Casa
Coffee and Coffee
Tilik’i Kafe
Dipped in Culture
Mr. Bean
Coffee Pot Cafe
Cops N’ Coffee
The Daily Grind


Photo Credit: The Journey is the Life Photography, Carla B. Long

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