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Bringing Flavorful Delights, CavDash Delivers Food and Inclusivity

Offering a convenient solution for teachers to enjoy their favorite lunch, the food delivery service marks success around campus
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Elijah Cima
Freshman Jamal Coats writes the room number of a teacher’s order. CavDash delivers to teachers all over campus.

With the bell ringing for lunchtime, as students head on over to their favorite spots to engage in conversations, teachers use the time to replenish from their lessons. Taking on the crucial role of shaping the education of a generation of students, one question boggles the minds of all teachers across Coral Gables Senior High: “What should I have for lunch?” CavDash presents a solution to this dilemma that ails Gables’ teachers.

The brainchild of Mr. Randy Rovira,  CavDash is a food delivery service for teachers who may not have the time to leave campus or bring food from home. Based out of room 2152, Mr. Rovira teaches freshman and sophomore students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, on a modified curriculum combining core academic subjects for the first half of the day and work-related skills during the latter. Advancing his idea into reality, CavDash serves as a convenient way for teachers to easily get their lunch meals whilst students with disabilities gain a real-world view of what it means to be working.

Mr. Rovira’s students sporting their red CavDash shirts. CavDash provides them with valuable work experience and memories. (Courtesy of Mr. Rovira)

“In the morning, the day before, I’ll send out an email to teachers, ‘Hey, CavDash is on for Wednesday, we’re ordering from this location, place your orders for pickup at 10 a.m.’. Then, I have my Director of Operations sit next to me on Wednesday morning, he’ll look at my emails and write down the name, order and what they ordered,” Mr. Rovira said.

After writing all the orders the teachers place on Mr. Rovira’s email, the CavDash team takes a step outside of Gables’ premises, using the nearest transportation to reach the designated location for the week. Arriving at the place, the CavDashers pick up the orders and organize them based on rooms. Bonding on the way back, the CavDashers are split into pairs and deliver to specific buildings throughout Gables.

“I enjoy [delivering] very much. Mr. Rovira always tells us to knock on the door and say ‘special delivery, CavDash’,” freshman Leo Alvarez said.

To show their appreciation, teachers can tip the CavDashers, who give the money to Mr. Rovira and Ms. Tracey Scavella for additional weekly programs supporting special students such as Work Wednesdays where they learn to work on improvements around the school or Foodie Fridays where students learn to cook simple meals.

Freshman Jamal Coats was Director of Operations for Oct 25’s CavDash. Coats crosses off the orders already picked up off the list of pending orders. (Elijah Cima)

“I’m very glad that Mr. Rovira is doing [CavDash] with the students, and I’m very excited to help them create the posters because I love being creative and I love just being part of them. I just love what they’re doing and it helps the kids get out of their comfort zone and actually be more productive,” Mrs. Silveira said.

As CavDash proves to be a roaring success with teachers, Mr. Rovira sets his sights higher. Planning to expand from just food, Mr. Rovira looks into the delivery of school supplies and general shopping for teachers. Combining an innovative service with a shining opportunity to unravel the stigma around autistic students, Mr. Rovira strives to make the Gables community a better place.

“I’m the kind of person who likes to make things bigger and make them different, so eventually we’ll branch off to Target and make Target runs for people. We’ll do things like that to help [students] learn and take stress off of teachers,” Mr. Rovira said.

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Elijah Cima, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Elijah Cima is a senior in the Business Management and Information Technology academy coming in to his first (and only) year as a Staff Writer for CavsConnect. He joined CavsConnect hoping to improve his writing skills and get to know what writing in collaboration with an editor is like. He is a music nerd whose sense of fashion is wearing band shirts with baggy pants and loves listening to new music (mostly heavy metal sub genres). His favorite artists range from David Bowie to Opeth, Elliott Smith to Chief Keef and Ween to Playboi Carti. Elijah also enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, video games, playing piano, learning obscure trivia and creative writing. He hopes that his experience with CavsConnect will lead him to grow not only as a writer but as a person and lead him closer to his goal of becoming a published fiction author.
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