Teachers at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton were greeted with free coffee at the school as remote learning continues.

According to a release, New England Coffee has been traveling across the region in an effort to provide coffee breaks to educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Gathering this morning for a coffee was the highlight of the week,” Adam Edgar, a Winnacunnet High School science teacher, said in the release. “For me personally, it was nice to be recognized by someone outside of our school. It was also just really nice to catch up with a few colleagues that I hadn't seen in quite some time.”

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Their stop in Hampton on Thursday was their first on what the company is calling the "#ThankYourBreak" tour, which sees New England Coffee utilizing its very own Free Coffee Café, a coffee shop on wheels designed to invoke the style of a hometown diner and displaying a large “Thank You Teachers” across the glass window.

Participants are also encouraged to fill gift bags with single serve pods, bottles of ready-to-drink iced coffee and sample-size ground coffees from New England Coffee to take home for future coffee breaks.

“It has never been more important to show our gratitude to the educators in our communities,” Melissa Gilreath, Director of Marketing for New England Coffee, said in the release. “Delivering a coffee break is the best way for our company to thank the teachers and support staff who have always been at the cornerstone of our communities, but now must work even harder to overcome the challenges associated with COVID-19. They teach in towns and cities across the region where our employees live and where New England Coffee has been served for over 100 years. They have certainly earned a small break in their day to receive our thanks and drink some coffee.”

Winnacunnet had been expected to return to in-person learning before the end of 2020, but SAU 21 Superintendent Bill Lupini notified students and parents Wednesday night that those plans had been delayed until at least January 1.

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