Students who participate in off-campus job sites created presentations for Student Showcase. I also made a video compilation of each of their job sites. You can view the video here: https://vimeo.com/261888873 Here are some pictures of the presentations they made:
Parent Christmas Gifts- Cookie Bars
For our Christmas gift to parents this year, students made cookie bars. It was a great chance to practice our kitchen skills! Students also wrote notes for their parents.
Women at Risk Sale
In response to our grown up Christmas lists, students sold merchandise from Women at Risk to help end slavery around the world. We don't have any pictures from our sales because we were so busy! We raised a lot of money for the organization, and practiced our money and salesmanship skills at the same time!
My Grown Up Christmas List
At the beginning of this holiday season, students were asked to reflect on the song "My Grown Up Christmas List". After listening to and talking about this song, student came up with their own 'grown-up Christmas lists'. The purpose of these lists is to help us focus on what we want for others this Christmas season, rather than what we want for ourselves. These lists were then put on display at Mrs. Gray's church for their "Tour of Tables" event. This event is a mother-daughter Christmas breakfast where tables are decorated by volunteers. The students also came up with ways to help make some of their wishes come true- they will volunteer through Kids Food Basket to help make sure all kids have food, and at Women at Risk to help end slavery in the world.
The last day of school before Thanksgiving break, students had a Thanksgiving feast. They budgeted for the meal, went grocery shopping and bought everything they needed, and then made the food. They had stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, and yams.
Bills and ATM
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who take a class with me (other than study hall) pay bills. They have a bills calendar that shows what day bills are due. The bills they are responsible for paying are: phone bill, electricity bill, rent, water bill, and bus bill. They also have a pay day twice a month. They write checks to pay each bill, and then keep track of all of their bills in their register. Each student started with $1,000 in their fake account, and after each bill and pay day they need to find their new balance. More bills like cable bill, gas bill, and grocery day are added as students gain experience paying bills. Students also start with a paper register, and then move on to an online register once they understand the concept. Then we can add features like direct deposit and automatic withdrawals! We also got a new classroom ATM machine that was gifted to us by the parent organization! We use this ATM for all of our coffee biz money, and ALL students practice using it. We are extra excited about this, because the ability to use ATMs today is very important.
Weekly Coffee Biz
Last year we started our own mini coffee business at school. Throughout the week, we accept orders from teachers via Google Survey. Then on Friday during first and fifth hours, we make the coffee using a Keurig and deliver the coffee orders to our teachers! We will be getting our own Keurig this year (we usually borrow from the teacher's lounge) and have added a few items to the menu (this fall we have hot apple cider, and plan to add different items according to the season!). Students only participate if they are in my class for first and/or fifth hours.
Weekly Grocery Shopping
We continue to go grocery shopping for the foods class this year. We typically go once a week! We usually split up into two groups so no one feels rushed. Students take turns scanning, bagging, and paying. See some pictures below!