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Preparing For The Future

Autistic support students learn skills for life beyond high school

For most of us, the second period is just another class spent in a classroom. For others, it’s a testing ground and training for life after school. This new program provides students with opportunities to practice the soft skills necessary for competitive employment after graduating from Hempfield. 

The learning support students, under the guidance of Amanda Murray, look forward to this period spent in the cafeteria kitchen everyday as they learn essential skills for their future life. There, they learn skills such as organization, cleanliness, how to prepare dishes, socialization, and much more!

Soft skills consist of working together as a team, having good hygiene, including wearing the correct uniform and following safety rules, and even taking constructive criticism. Mrs. Murray explains that she hopes “this experience will lead to more opportunities for the students.”

To cafeteria staff member, Mrs. LaGina, working with these students is a special opportunity, “it is an honor to be able to work with these students.” 

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Abby McCullough
Abby McCullough, Contributor
When she isn't traveling or listening to Zach Bryan, you can catch Abby McCullough hanging out with her friends. Her favorite activity is skiing throughout the Winter because it is a peaceful break from school. Her favorite sport to watch is football because she loves going to the games and dressing up for the themes along with cheering and screaming with her favorite people. She is also a member of the girls soccer team. Abby had a summer job working with disabled children at Making Strides. There, Abby helped them acheive certain tasks through the use of horses. In the Summer, her favorite thing to do is go to the lake with friends and ride the jet ski and tube. Abby's dream college is The University of South Carolina because the campus is beautiful and football games are electric. With a previous year of experience in journalism, Abby's goal for The Royal is to write interesting and important articles for students to read and enjoy.