The Bruin Caf opened at Brookings-Harbor High School Friday and employs school board members as waiters.

The students were served lunch and dessert by school board chairman Brian Larsson, members Bill Ferry, Larry Anderson and Jeanne Seaver, and teacher Mike Ernest.

The caf was the brain child of Ernest. He came to Brookings from Oklahoma, where a similar program was in place. He shared the idea for the caf with Dr. Floyd Strandberg, high school principal, and he was supportive of it, Ernest said.

Students are customers by invitation only. The purpose of it is to honor students who have accomplished something significant in class, improved their grades or behavior, or deserve the honor for some other reason deemed appropriate by their teacher.

Its a way to identify students who dont get recognized, Ernest said. We want this to be special, so they have to make some improvement.

Each teacher can nominate one student per month, but they cannot nominate the same student more than once a year.

Along with the lunch, the students receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.

The food served is donated by local businesses or individuals. Fridays menu consisted of sandwiches donated by The Pilot, clam chowder donated by Chetco Seafood Co., cookies donated by Best Western Brookings Inn, and bananas donated by Connecting Solutions.

Ernest hopes to open the caf once a month. He said he would like to have businesses claim a month, and provide the lunch for that month.

This is a way to get the community involved, he said.

For information, call Ernest at (541) 469-2108.