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Why coffee would help students stay awake

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Selling coffee in school can help students stay energized in class while gaining money for fundraisers.

High School students have more work and homework than middle schoolers and elementary schoolers. This leads to high school students staying up late doing homework and being exhausted in class. An easy way to solve this problem is to sell coffee in high schools.

Selling Coffee

Coffee increases mental alertness and reduces tiredness. This can really benefit a student that is tired and needs a pick me up. In England, students in school have tea time. At 4:00 p.m., staff members come around with a cart of tea and students who are tired drink tea.

This gives the students enough energy to last during study hours. Tea does contain less caffeine than coffee, which means that students won’t stay as energized with tea as coffee. Tea does also cost less than coffee, but more people like coffee than tea. By selling coffee, students can have a pick me up.

The Sleeping Problem

Teachers are supposed to write up students who are falling asleep in class. After a couple write ups, students will get drug tested. The problem with this is, students are getting pulled out of class for something that is beyond their control.

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The combination of doing homework, working, going to sleep late, and early school start times all take a toll on teenagers’ health. This can lead to some health problems such as sleep deprivation, diabetes, heart disease and depression. Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep in order for their whole body to rest, but most teenagers get about 6-7 hours of sleep.

Selling Coffee Has Its Benefits

Coffee is a nervous system stimulant which keeps you awake, lots of teachers drink coffee throughout the day to stay awake. Teachers and students have to wake up earlier just to have time to get or make coffee in the morning. Selling coffee in school will allow students and teachers to get extra sleep time.

Students aren’t allowed to drink anything other than water in class, yet they sell different drinks in vending machines including Celsius. A 12 oz. can of Celsius has 200 mg of caffeine. A 12 oz. cup of coffee has 136 mg of caffeine. Energy drinks are way worse for you than coffee, because they can disrupt heart rhythm and blood pressure.

In the morning, students and teachers can purchase coffee and stay awake throughout the day. By selling coffee, schools can raise money for school events, fundraisers and more.

There Can Be Problems

Students can take advantage of coffee being sold. They can be late to class and have the excuse that they were getting coffee. Coffee is also not the best way to resolve the no energy issue. Drinking coffee as a teenager can cause osteoporosis, which is a bone disease that develops when bone mineral density and bone mass decreases.

Not having an excessive amount can prevent this from happening. A way that the school can track how much coffee students are drinking is by scanning their IDs like they do in lunch. Depending on the roast, one coffee for everyone is enough to give you energy for the whole school day. 

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Lily Borek is a junior at Colonia High School. She enjoys spending time with friends, watching horror movies and listening to music. Borek plans on going to John Jay College of Criminal Justice to pursue her dream of becoming a forensic psychologist. Borek loves reptiles and even has a leopard gecko herself named Nenos. 

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