MUSCATINE, Iowa - A group of Muscatine High School students is learning some important life skills as they work their way toward a field trip.
Self-contained special education teacher Danielle Trzebiatowski said six of her students prepare baked goods and sell them to customers and staff at Muscatine’s First National Bank Westside Office at 2017 Cedar Plaza Drive.
Proceeds go toward a class trip they’re planning.
The project began when Trzebiatowski told John Jindrich, MHS work experience coordinator, that she wanted to create a project that would give her students opportunities to learn life skills, as they work toward a goal.
Jindrich introduced the class to First National’s Westside office manager, Andrea Scott, who welcomed them to bring their baked goods there.
“This is a great opportunity to help support these students,” said Scott.
Scott said the students bring treats in three to four times a week and they sell for 50 cents each.
“A lot of customers call and say, ‘What’s the treat of the day?’” said Scott. “They are really getting into it.”
The project requires students to practice skills in cooking, cleaning, finances, reading and more, said Trzebiatowski.
“It gives them a chance to work with their peers and adults while creating some delicious treats,” she said.
Student Viktor Lara of Wilton said he and and his fellow students begin their work by making grocery lists and shopping for ingredients.
The students make the treats in at MHS, where they measure all the ingredients, mix, bake and clean up, said Lara.
Lara, a junior, said his team drops the treats off at the bank on their way to another job at Washington Elementary School, where he and freshman John Mathis clean lunch trays.
“My classroom has responded very well to all of the challenges that are presented with this project,” said Trzebiatowski.
“First National Bank has given us a great opportunity and we are very grateful to be working with them,” said Trzebiatowski. “We will continue to bake goods as long as we are welcomed to. We would like to thank everyone in the community who supports our special education program.”