Tiger Perk Brews Up Conversations


Each Tuesday and Thursday, Tiger Perk, a popular coffee service staffed by high school and middle school students, is offered to fourth through twelfth grade teachers.

Since the beginning of the school year many teachers have utilized the “Tiger Perk Cafe” during Tiger Period.

Mrs. Bencko, who is the district psychologist for Chagrin Falls Schools, oversees the job skills training program.

“It teaches students different vocational skills while serving drinks to all adults fourth grade through twelfth grade,” said Mrs. Bencko. “[The program was able to start] through grant money, and by a parent support organization called Tiger Prep. It was a joint project between intervention specialists and support personnel at the school,” she said.

Since its start in 2017, Tiger Perk has been a successful addition to the district.

As of now, only teachers are able to order online. Mrs. Bencko and the Tiger Perk program are hopeful students will be able to utilize the cafe soon.

“Students can’t order coffee yet, but it will be coming in the next year or two years. Students can get involved through Club Connect and by being a pure model in the program,” Bencko said.

Tiger Perk offers various drink options. In the future, the program is hopeful to serve bagels in the morning to both students and teachers. Many of the teachers throughout both the middle school and high school use Tiger Perk as their coffee option in the morning.

“All drinks are $1.50. We serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and iced tea,” said Bencko.

Music teachers Mr. Sobnosky and Mr. Bachofsky have utilized Tiger Perk many times throughout last year and into this year, ultimately becoming well-known orderers throughout the program.

“I order almost every Tuesday and Thursday when I can remember to. I usually get the Dunkin’ Donuts brewed coffee with extra milk. I like it because Tuesdays and Thursdays are kind of my busiest days because I have select choir before school, so it is nice to not have to worry about making a cup of coffee on my way out the door. It saves me a little bit of time,” said Mr. Bachofsky.

Another major part of the program is the students involved in it. CFMS eighth grader Abbey Malarney and CFHS ninth grader Holden McGee are staff members for the Tiger Perk program.

“My favorite drink to make is the caramelized coffee because it has a very nice smell, and the hot chocolate because that is my favorite one to drink,” said Malarney.

While Malarney likes to make a distinct coffee option, McGee likes to make all types of coffee.

“I like to work with the Keurig. I also like to put labels on the cups,” stated McGee.

Many of the students involved in Tiger Perk not only enjoy making the coffee but the experiences that go beyond making drinks.

“I like working with my friends,” McGee replied. “I also like to deliver the coffee as well. I like delivering it to both [the Learning Village and the high school]. I get to see old teachers I had, which is fun,” he said.

Along with helping students, the program offers great benefits for teachers.

“I like [the program] because it is a win-win situation. It is great for the students who work in it. It is great for the teachers because we get to buy coffee and have it brought to us. It is just a homerun in all ways in my book,” said Sobnosky.