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Life Skills Students Enjoy New Foods and Soar Beyond Challenges

Posted: December 23, 2014

The Milton Middle School and High School Life Skills Programs hosted the "Up for the Challenge" program for twenty-six students. Students made healthy recipes, learned about the importance of exercise, and practiced good food-handling safety.

Students in the Life Skills program participated in four workshops on topics including; MyPlate, Getting into the Movement Grove, Fight BAC (bacteria), and Think Your Drink.

Twenty six students participated in the program through two classrooms. The students made healthy recipes like chili, banana in a blanket, vegetable stir fry, fruit smoothies, and homemade chicken nuggets. Cyndi Clayton presented the workshop series with help from the dedicated staff in both classrooms.

Students with a wide array of challenges including, cerebral palsy, autism, behavioral health issues, and physical limitations, participated in the program. These students fought these challenges, and participated in a Leslie Sansone workout DVD where they utilized bags of beans and soup cans as arm strengthening weights if their physical conditions prevented them from walking.

In addition, the children were excited to be able to cut with child safe knives during our vegetable stir fry lesson. These knives were loaned to the program by Kim King of the Priestly Forsyth Memorial Library in Northumberland, and the teachers have now ordered the knives for the classroom so all students will be able to cut safely in future cooking programs.