Life Skills outing a graphic experience

Photo by Tonya Beyer/Wandamp;T Graphix

After a recent field trip to W andamp; T Graphix in Truckee, a group of Truckee High School students can now add t-shirt maker to their life experience portfolios.Ten students enrolled in the high schools vocationally based Life Skills class recently had an opportunity to print their own t-shirts under the tutelage of W andamp; T Graphix owner Wes Beyer.We thought this would be a great opportunity for this group of students, said Beyer.Jennifer Smith, THS Life Skills teacher, said the outing meshed well with the class syllabus.We are always trying to connect what students are learning in school with real life situations and vocations, Smith said. Its a powerful way to learn.During the visit, students applied common job skills such as interfacing with the staff, following directions and staying on task.These students all have different learning needs and they especially benefit from concrete, hands-on instruction, Smith noted.On a previous Truckee outing, Smiths students got to apply classroom knowledge at Mountain Hardware.Practicing on the off-line cash register and making change; this also was directly linked to what weve been studying in the classroom, Smith said.

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