Fort Plain life skills class prepares students
for next step
One day you might see them making pizza.
On another, you might see them cleaning the
fitness center at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School. And on another,
you might see them working in the Fort Plain Library.
The eight students in the life skills class at
Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School partake in various activities and
lessons aimed at giving them the skills to prosper in the world
Taught by Lisa Petty, the class includes
students from grades 7-12 and incorporates lessons from science and
math to social studies and health throughout the day. For example,
the students take a vocabulary test every week and also learn basic
math (think balancing money and menu math). The students stay in the
life skills room (which features a kitchen) for most lessons and
leave only for gym, music and lunch.
Petty says the class prepares students for a job after graduation
and also boosts confidence.
“One of our students works in the cafeteria and another is in charge
of the laundry there,” she said. “And the other day, we all prepared
a brunch for the administration. The students learned how to set a
The classroom also features a chore list where
the students have jobs like sweeping the floor or washing the
“We try to incorporate lessons into
everything,” Mrs. Petty said. “We’ve had a very good year.”
Senior Annie Martin says she enjoys the class and hopes the skills
she learns will eventually help her in her career.
“I want to work with kids,” she said. “I’ve
learned a lot here.”