SHAWNEE, Kan. - Special education students at Trailridge Middle School in Shawnee get to take part in a program that teaches them some real-life skills.
The work experience program is designed to help students prepare for the vocational programs offered to them at high schools in the Shawnee Mission School District.
Every morning during first period, students stock the shelves in the cafeteria and prepare the kitchen for the lunch crowds. Teachers say the work helps students work on being on time, attitude and performance.
The program also serves as a platform for students to learn how to work under a direct supervisor. If the students do well, they get paid with food and a drink at the end of the week.
This is the program's second year.
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