Monday, April 25, 2011

Learning Life Skills While Helping Others

TUMWATER, Wash. – They emptied garbage bags filled with plaid dress shirts, hooded sweatshirts, jeans, sweaters, mittens and various other clothing items.
White, gray and khaki clothes went on one table. Medium colors, including blue, red and orange, went on another. Dark clothes, mostly black and brown, were separated into a third pile.
Tenth-grader Michael Berman, 16, asked about dark-green clothes. After all, they aren’t a medium color, but they aren’t as dark as black or brown, either.
And that’s when he and his classmates in Tumwater High School’s Life Skills class learned about one of the universal mysteries in laundry – right up there with disappearing socks. Sometimes, a color can go in either pile; it’s a judgment call.
Life Skills is designed to help special-education students learn daily tasks, such as riding a bus and household chores, according to teacher Elaine Robertson.

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