A life skills class teaches work skills to exceptional students who need hands on experience. And the perfect project for this is building flower boxes, in the opinion of a teacher and some supportive community businesses.
At Jefferson County High School, Eva Larrieu teaches in the Special Education program. She said the goal of building flower boxes was to provide a real life work experience.
“When kids construct learning, they don’t forget … it’s with them for life,” she explained. “We touched so many topics, with just one activity.”
At first, they built the flower boxes with hammer and nails, and painted it. After the boxes were ready, they grew flower plants from seed, then placed the plants in the finished box.
Larrieu’s father worked in construction for many years, and he assisted the class along with the regular classroom assistants. Two local businesses donated most of the materials.