Practicing pre-vocational skills at EMS

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Members of Elwood Middle School’s student council recently worked with Life Skills students on the grand re-opening of the school store on Feb. 8. The store, previously run by the PTA, hasn’t been open in a number of years, and will now be run by the students, for the students.

Special Education teachers Martine Pirolo and Megan Riley worked with the student council and Life Skills students to teach and practice important basic skills that they will need in the future, such as handling money, greeting customers, counting inventory and more. Once up and running, the store will be run by rotating groups of volunteer students each week.

“These are important pre-vocational skills to learn as they get older and enter the workforce, whether in high school or beyond,” said special education teacher Mrs. Martine Pirolo. “And we believe giving students the opportunity to learn these skills alongside their peers can bolster their confidence within themselves.”