Crestline Elementary Special Education teachers, Erica Lee, Lauren Anson, Sherri Rodgers, and Elizabeth Gwaltney, started a Cougar Cooks program. Last year this program was a huge hit, not only within our school, but throughout the community, as well. Teachers, students, school board employees, and members of the community were able to see a glimpse of all that our students can do. Most importantly, the students gained a new sense of pride in themselves.
The monthly treats are created by the students for the teachers to purchase. Students will be actively involved in all phases of the process, including advertising, collaborating with peers and peer models, designing and distributing forms, gathering and counting orders, counting money, creating products, delivering goods, designing newsletters, and writing blog posts.
This will be a fun way to instill important life-skills that relate to student voice and choice, social behavior, job skills, communication, academics, and ownership. The students will sell one treat every month, starting in November. The entire process will take place in small stages across a two-week period. All activities will take place during respective content instruction times (i.e. writing a blog post during writing time).There will be a minimum charge for teachers to purchase treats. All funds received will be put directly toward the implementation of the program.