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Emily Dinoto captures the hearts of students with a smile and a warm hello.

Toughest day of the year

Sad good-byes exchanged last day of classes

For Emily Dinoto, known as the person behind the counter with a warm, welcoming smile at the Hard Chalk Café, it was the toughest day of the year: The last day of classes.

She exchanged many hugs and sad good-byes from students as she closed shop until September, the start of the next school year.

Students also showered Dinoto with greeting cards and gifts—beauty creams, oils, and bubble baths. …. “and even an adult colouring book!” she says, laughing.

What’s her secret? For Dinoto, connecting with students is as easy as a smile and hello.

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