Lucky Jam Barn in Stanfield Opens Opportunities for High School Students

STANFIELD, OREGON- A new coffee and doughnut shop in Stanfield is not only gaining attention but giving students hands on experience owning and operating a business.

Lucky Jam Barn on Main Street is operated mostly by students from Stanfield High. They serve homemade doughnuts with frosting that is whipped right behind the counter, coffee filled with Tri-Cities grinds and a fresh modern atmosphere that has been completely redecorated from the ground up. But, the coolest part of the whole place, is how it all started, "The kids actually went to him and said, there is a building, why don't we open a coffee shop. It would be fun, and he was like, I don't know about that," explained Nikki McCann who supervises the morning baristas.

Jason Sperr and his business students are taking hands-on-learning, quite literally. Sperr bought the building with his wife and brother before students and staff renovated it this past summer.

"Stanfield has kind of been a drive through community for a number of years," said Amanda Newton, Lucky Jam Barn's General Manager.

Without a way to create a student store inside the school, 10 Stanfield Future Business Leaders of America members spent their summer, remodeling, redecorating and creating. Sperr, who teaches many of his employees at the high school, works around their ever changing schedules, "We know they have sports, they have homework and they have tests that they have to do," said McCann.

"We tore down that whole wall and we cleaned off the brick," explained Kaitlyn Burns, who works at Lucky Jam Barn and is a senior at Stanfield High School. "Each letter of Lucky Jam Barn stands for our names, a lot of people don't know that and it is on the wall," said Natalie Cornejo.

The students are not just working the counters and talking with customers, they take part in billing, accounting, payroll and scheduling. "Stuff I didn't know had to be put in a business," said Cornejo.

Chalkboard walls, light bulbs from the ceiling and even a "topping bar" were all thought out and planned by these business students. "This is how you do it, this is how you do not do it. The positives and the negatives, the feedback, they can not get that in the classroom. We hope for it to be the community spot, the spot for Stanfield residents to come all the time and feel comfortable," said Sperr.


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