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New program teaching students life skills at Composite High School

Last Updated Nov 14, 2017 at 2:34 pm MDT

PHOTO: Students who will be running the Life Skills Program Cafe. Jenna Hamilton/ Morning Reporter.

A new program at Composite High School is teaching students some life skills.

The Life Skills Program Cafe is designed for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities in high school to learn employability skills, socials skills and functional numeracy.

The students will be preparing coffee, cookies and other baked goods for other students and staff throughout the school.


Jennifer Currie, a life skills teacher at Composite High School said the social skills involved with the program is the big part.

“The hope is to build their self-esteem, their social skills and get work placement that is sometimes hard to find, unfortunately, in this community,” said Currie.

Christina Campbell, mental health counsellor at Composite High School said she is proud of the students.

“Seeing the joy they get when they share what they have done, they are very proud of their accomplishment… it just brightens my day. I see the joy that they spread when people have a chance to meet with them when they may have not had the opportunity before,” said Campbell.

“I know in reality we are honing in on their life skills. This is relevant for them.”