Kansas special ed students running own business

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A southeast Kansas high school is giving special education students extra preparation for their futures by having them run their own business.

Joplin Globe/Roger Nomer | Bella Stemm, Riverton High Senior, hangs up some of the finished paper on Thursday morning.

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RIVERTON, Kan. (AP) -- A southeast Kansas high school is giving special education students extra preparation for their futures by having them run their own business.

The Joplin Globe reports members of the Riverton High School class are making greeting cards from hand-made paper and selling them for $1 apiece.

Special education teacher Matt DeMoss began the program to help the students improve such skills as following instructions, reading job tickets, doing math and handling money. They're also learning teamwork and other skills that will help them find employment later.

Their first big sale involved Christmas cards. They're now making custom Valentine's Day cards and have also created birthday, Halloween, sympathy, thank-you and anniversary cards.

The students sell the cards at Riverton High School. They also take orders for their creations.


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