In February 2023 Turf, Surf & Earth in Somerville partnered with RideWise to provide travel training instruction and real-world work experience for students in Jan Carr-Jones’s School to Employment (STEP) class at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
The students learned how to take the Somerset County SCOOT 860 bus to Turf, Surf & Earth. Once at the restaurant, owner Mackenzie Salazar and the amazing staff gave the students a hands-on employment experience on what it takes to run a successful restaurant. The students spent time wiping down tables, refreshing holiday decorations, brewing coffee, juicing limes, making Falafel and sauces, taking orders, serving guests, collecting money, making change, and many other behind-the-scenes activities.
After their employment experience at Turf, Surf & Earth, the students walked to the Somerville Train Station before catching the NJ TRANSIT 114 bus to the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Students learned how to use MyBus at the NJ TRANSIT stop sign and how to enter and exit the bus correctly.
“This was truly the best experience! We absolutely loved having the STEP students and RideWise, and hope to do it again soon,” said McKenzie. “The students were so much fun and such quick learners. Lots of love for you all!”
Travel training from RideWise is available to any school located in Somerset County. To learn more, visit our TransitConnect page.