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Campus Grounds Opens November 1, 2021

Campus Grounds, a student run coffee shop in Buckner, MO, will open its doors on Monday, November 1, 2021.  This business was made possible by the Fort Osage School District and provides a real world learning experience for students at the Fort Osage Career & Technology Center. Doors will open at 6:00 a.m. and a ribbon cutting will be held at 9:00 a.m.  


“This is a tremendous opportunity for students and our community. Operating a business requires a set of skills that will help students well into the future. Beyond this learning experience for students, our goal is to create a welcoming environment for community members of all ages to enjoy,” said Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Superintendent of Schools. 


The student's mission is to connect with the community and make great coffee. We believe that great coffee takes time to appreciate and we do our best to provide an environment that allows you to come in, sit down, and enjoy. We obtain our coffee locally for the best quality and freshest taste. 


Food at Campus Grounds is prepared by the Culinary Arts program at the Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage.  


The Fort Osage Board of Education took action at their June 8, 2021, meeting to purchase the former Rockin B Mercantile and Coffee Shop located at 26911 E US Hwy 24, Buckner, MO. The property sits between the District’s main campus and Buckner, MO.  


The business will be the new home of the Entrepreneurial Studies program from the Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage. Students in this program are from Fort Osage, Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Oak Grove school districts. Entrepreneurial Studies explore entrepreneurship through running a fully functional student run business. Students will learn about store operations, customer service, marketing and inventory management by operating the new business under the direction of their instructor and a food service manager. Other programs from the Career and Technology Center that will be involved the first year include the marketing and culinary arts programs.  


The business will serve coffee and a limited food menu. Future plans include an event/meeting space for Fort Osage staff and the community.


The student-run business is part of the District’s strategic initiative of Real World Learning that increases the number of graduates who leave high school ready for post secondary learning, work and life.


“We are excited to further our work of ensuring all students are successful beyond high school by preparing them to continue their education or enter the workforce. This is just one of many opportunities Fort Osage is engaged in to provide real world learning opportunities for our students,” said Snodgrass. 

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