John Adams High School students build life skills at KROC Center

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - John Adams High School students show their support for their local KROC Center by giving back this holiday season. 

It's all part of their Life Skills program, taking place every Wednesday, where students get the opportunity incorporate social skills, time management and focus on the blend of functionality and responsibility of life after high school. 

Students volunteered at the KROC Center's cafe making coffee, hot chocolate, tea and passed out previously donated toys. 

Adams' Special Education paraprofessional, Julie Agostino, says the students enhance their communication skills by conversing with patrons and staff. 

"Our students doing the job shadowing and stuff, the General Ed students don't normally have that opportunity like our students do," she said. "They're learning job skills and stuff while they're still in high school, which is wonderful and it kind of gives them an idea what they like to do and what they don't like to do."

To Life Skills teacher, Jennifer Chabot, it's about teaching her students how to give back to the community, including using a portion of their sales to benefit children this holiday season. 

A portion of sales from popcorn, water and Signet candy were used to purchase 30 gifts, brightening up the holidays for local children. 

"Being able to give back in such a pretty considerable way, means a lot to me and getting to see how excited the students were, like picking out the toys and everything and knowing that they were doing something good for the community. It really helped," she said. 

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