Students Learn Essential Life Skills

Students Learn Essential Life Skills

Mariana Razo, Editor-in-Chief

“How do I cook meat?”

“What do I do if I have a flat tire?”

“How do I use a fire extinguisher?”

These questions may seem harmless and not super important, but when adulthood comes along with college life, many student lack these basic skills. There are many circumstances in which students don’t have time to learn life skills and end up feeling clueless while being on their own. The college-readiness program, AVID, is making sure students are academically ready to handle college, and also the new lifestyle that comes along with it.

On Friday, January 29, Gaffney High AVID senior students had a trip to the Institute of Innovation for a life skills day.

During this trip, students sat obediently as the Culinary Arts instructor, Katie Goodson, lead them through basic culinary skills on how to properly measure and cook food. The students prepared their own lunch which consisted of Cinnamon and Cream Cheese bars and Chicken Stir Fry. For many, this was the one of their first times in the kitchen and gained great knowledge for future use.

Taught by fire and emergency medical services instructor Todd Gardner, the students learned basic rules about fire safety including how to use a fire extinguisher. Along with a live demonstration, each student had the opportunity to practice putting out small fires under the guidance and supervision of Mr. Gardner.

Lastly, students learned how to check vehicle fluids and change a flat tire as shown by Automotive technology instructor Tony Smith. Students were then given opportunity to change the tire themselves. AVID seniors found this exceptionally helpful as most are drivers themselves but lacked this knowledge prior to this day.

Overall, this life skills day for AVID seniors was a success and proved useful for not only when they leave for college, but for the rest of their lives.