Beatrice High’s Choice Transition Program gets new home

Beatrice High School’s alternative curriculum Choice Transition Program was given a house to rent for the students to learn essential life skills within the home. It is for age 18-21 students who have graduated from Beatrice high and are looking for the transition into adulthood. 

It is a house which serves as a lab for the 7 students of the Choice Transition program.

The 4 bedroom house had exactly the type of amenities you would find in your standard home,  with only one thing different, everything is a learning experience.

“I am excited to have a house to help me get ready for life after high school,” Student Ben Martin said through his nifty tablet. 

“It’s gonna give our kids a chance to learn about what it takes to survive at home with all those life skills we want them to learn about,” Beatrice High School Principal Jason Sutter said. 

The students learn tasks like how to hang up clothes, set the bed, wash dishes, cooking, cleaning and more.

“We do laundry, load the dishwasher, sweep,” Student April Westlake said. 

“My favorite thing to do in this house is clean the kitchen. I like to wipe the big table after we use it,” Martin said.

The students even learn some financial skills like how to count money, and good manners.

“Like holding doors, talking to people, handshaking, or acknowledge a lot of eye contact, the things that are important as you get older that sometimes are forgotten,” Choice Transition Program coordinator, Roberta Lineweber said. 

The program points them in the right direction for life as an adult.

“It’s a win–win situation for everybody that we give them the skills and then they’re able to transfer the skills into actually getting a paid position, a paid job where they can feel good about themselves, they get that pay check,” Lineweber said. 

One of the program’s biggest focuses is in the importance of teaching the kids to stand up for themselves so they do not get taken advantage of. 

“If they see someone is struggling or having a problem, they will jump up and help each other. So, we’re like a family. We spend a lot of time together,” Lineweber said. 

And the Midwest hospitality carries a long way.

“Thanks for stopping by. Come back again anytime,” Martin said gleefully in the doorway.

The students also spend Field Days out in the community shadowing different businesses and helping out at senior homes. They enjoy folding pizza boxes for Godfather’s pizza and help cater meals to the senior citizens. 

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