Friday, August 27, 2004

Internet Caf at Community Campus opens

Express Staff Writer

Diners dive into lunch at the newly opened Internet Caf at the Community Campus in Hailey. Photo by David N. Seelig

It?s all in line, or should I say on-line, at The Internet Café. The Internet opened for business at the Community Campus in Hailey early this month.

Now in full swing, the café rests in the center of the Hailey campus, serving as the hub of activity for visitors.

?The intent was to make a commons, like a college campus, where old and young come into have a cup of coffee and surf the Internet,? explained Justin Lanting, Nutritional Service Director with the Blaine County School District.

The school district oversees the full service restaurant, operated by Sodexho School Services. The café offers break-fast pastries, a full grill menu for lunch and Starbucks coffee in a casual environment. The profits from the café return to the school district.

The café combines Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with cutting edge technology.

Everyone at the café can access to the Internet with the free wireless service or at one of the computer stations.

By the beginning of September, diners will be able to use wireless services and complementary computers. The café will provide two computers to be used as stop stations. Users stand at the computers for quick access to the Internet. For longer use, the café will house three computers to type papers or for other purposes. Use of the computers is free. Lanting indicated the café hopes to add a printing service for a small fee in the future.

Freshmen and sophomore students at Wood River High School, subject to the district?s closed campus policy, are allowed to eat at the café at the Community Campus.

?We hope to create a fun environment for students,? Lanting said. A place they can ?drop by get fries and a beverage, have a great lunch period an go back to school.

The café isn?t just for the younger set. On any given day, staff from the Blaine County Recreation District office, College of Idaho students or school district personnel can be spotted enjoying a meal at the café.

?We are hoping to integrate all ages,? Lanting said.

The café is currently open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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