Monday, July 28, 2014

Life Skills students giving back to the community

Last week I had the honor of attending the 2nd annual Helping Hands breakfast sponsored by the students who attend the WRHS Life Skills program.  WRSD teacher, Cathy Steiner, has used her time working in the summer to help students better understand the importance of community involvement.  I, along with senior guests, high school staff, and family members, were treated to a wonderful breakfast where students shared their thoughts about the summer program and what it means to help others.  Cathy told me that this year’s “Helping Hands” students were inspired by “The Starfish Story” and wanted to continue to make a difference. The students collected wish list items from guests who attended this year’s breakfast to donate to the Why Me Sherry’s House and Sweet Pea’s Animal Shelter.  Soon, the students will deliver the wish list items and also make cookies for the Why Me families. 

Cathy noted that this community breakfast is special because it’s a successful learning experience 
for all of the students, and a way for students to feel that they are “Making A Difference”.  She says, "Not only did the activity offer the opportunity for the students to socialize with members of the community, but students also planned a balanced meal, created a shopping list, went grocery shopping and purchased the items on the list, followed every recipe and presented the breakfast on beautifully decorated tables with each guest leaving with a memorable favor."  What a great opportunity for our students and the community!