MARYVILLE, Mo. — The local Ten Squared Women organization gave 84 checks, each written for $100, to the Spoofy Beans program on Tuesday, brightening the day for the students in Maryville High School Room 108.
The program offers students in Candace and Alexis Boeh’s class a chance to learn job and marketable people skills while in school.
“I’m not affiliated with these guys at all, it’s just I’ve seen what they do,” said Amy Gessert, member of Ten Squared Women who nominated the program for the funding. “I love that they’re exposing kiddos with disabilities to jobs and real job skills. I can see them changing the lives of these kids, just from the outside looking in.”
She explained her introduction to Spoofy Beans was through a meeting at her office where the coffee and treats were catered by the students in the program.
“Just watching them getting that chance to interact and being able to support that as much as I can it’s just a no-brainer,” Gessert said. “It’s just worthy to me.”
She said it felt really good that the organization she put forth to the group was chosen.
“Not because it was mine that got picked,” Gessert explained. “The people who are in that room, they got it. They listened to what I was saying, to feel that much support for what these guys do. ... Just to see the rest of the community coming together to support what they’re doing and how great it is, that’s the best part.”
Spoofy Beans plans to demolish the small Room 108 kitchen. Student Joe Marez said he wants to be a part of the demolition team this summer.
“We’re hoping to open it up a little bit more to make it a more functional space,” said Candace Boeh. “Our program keeps growing which is awesome. We just want to make sure that we have a place where everyone can get their hands in and have a part in it.”
Hoping to use that kitchen space to provide some separation between the business and the classroom, she said it will offer a more “on the job,” feel.
“We have a clock-in, clock-out system where we pay them what we call ‘Spoofy Money,’” she said. “They can get prizes and stuff. We pay them minimum wage. They clock in. They’re on the job. And when they stop working they clock out.”
Still in the very early stages of what the new kitchen will look like, she stressed that they don’t need anything high end, but hope to have a more functional space that will last a long time.
Amanda Twaddle, founder of the Ten Squared Women group, is happy the organization she started voted to help the Boehs with their endeavor. As she an oversized check down the hallway she explained a bit about the group which consists of 84 members.
Each quarter the group holds a meeting where it hears from group members speaking on behalf of a local charity. Once a vote is taken, one charity receives as many $100 checks as there are women in the group.
“It’s amazing,” Gessert said. “There are so many really worthy organizations around us and this kind of money can be completely changing for a lot of those. It’s hard to vote every quarter, because every single one of the organizations are worthy. It’s hard to narrow it down to one every quarter.”
It will be July before the group gets together to select the next charity to receive funds, Twaddle explained.
“It feels really good, especially because I’m born and raised here in Maryville,” she said.
The Boehs explained their service is a catering one and that any local businesses in the community who finds a need for their service during the school year, so until mid-May, should feel free to reach out to them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow the students more opportunities to perform job duties while interacting with the public. The service will be available again in the fall when school starts.
“We’re very flexible,” said Candace Boeh. “We try to get out at least once a month.”
She explained they’ve been to several local businesses taking snacks and coffee for meetings and offices.
Student Joleen Dieker said she enjoys going out into the community.
Alexis Boeh thanked community members, stressing that the program has been available for the past five years and it’s only because of the support of the people in the community, that it has succeeded thus far.
“We’re just so grateful,” said Candace Boeh.