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Upgraded classroom gives Oregon life skills students more opportunities


Cooking, cleaning, washing, drying. Those are just a few things students can do in the newly renovated Life Skills classroom at Oregon High School, made possible by hard working volunteers, both in the school and community.

"I just can't say how proud I am of the staff, our staff, who have, on their own time, worked to have this coordinated with multiple vendors who have donated time, money and services to make this upgrade possible," Tom Mahoney, Oregon School Superintendent says.

The Life Skills program, run by the Ogle County Educational Cooperative, allows special needs students with cognitive and physical disabilities, the chance at learning every day skills, something most people might take for granted.

"You know, how much stuff do I need to put in the cup and my measurements," Mike Noble, Ogle County Educational Cooperative Director asks. "Or how much laundry soap do I need? When I'm doing my checkbook, how much money do I have? How am I gonna do the math for that? Using calculators, materials, that are gonna help them in that aspect versus maybe what you'd get in your traditional high school algebra."

They'll even have to pick up their own items from the store. Food, laundry detergent, and anything they might need. Oregon Superintendent Tom Mahoney says the Life Skills teacher is thrilled with the new additions.

"She just kept thinking how this is going to impact her students and how much more meaningful what they do are going to be for those students," Mahoney says. "And again, this is all for us trying to help those students have the most authentic experience, so that they're as prepared as possible to go out into the world."

The new program launches when school starts in just a few weeks.

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