ROYSTON ROHLIK delivers a hot cup of coffee to Tracy Area Elementary School teacher Julie Rohling as part of his morning coffee run. Royston, along with other youngesters, are in charge of preparing the coffee, delivering it to all teachers who put their order in and even collecting money. Photo / Per Peterson

Royston Rohlik might prefer hot chocolate over coffee — he is only 6 years old after all — but that hardly means he doesn’t know his way around a Keurig.

Rohlik is one of a number of Tracy Area Elementary School students who are “employees” of Post It Note Coffee, an early-morning program designed to get some of the school’s youngest students a taste of what it’s like to be involved in face-to-face encounters with others.

“The purpose of this is to work on the kids’ social skills,” said teacher Jen Kainz. “They make the coffee, they read the order, but the most important part is them going to the teacher, looking them in the eye, saying, ‘Good morning’ and ‘Thank you.’”

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