Book Smart VS Street Smart: Life skills day puts students to the test

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Schools often focus on math, science and engineering, but what about more practical knowledge?

For one day a local high school taught students about skills needed to get through everyday life.

Every year Bridgeport High School holds a career day, where local professionals talk to students about what they do on a day to day basis. This year school officials decided to shake thing up bit.

On Friday, several community members and school staff  volunteered their time to teach  kids some important life skills including child care, auto care, sewing and house hold electricity,.

Students could also choose topics like finance, banking and taxes.

“There is so much focus on the academic side of things that we really focus in on and we stress about,” explained Principal Tom Daley. “Really because of that many schools have had to cut classes such as home econ, these things don’t exist anymore, but they are such an important skill that students need to have in order to be successful in life.”

Students were able to select six out of a possible 12 topics.

Davis Worwa is a junior at Bridgeport. He said he was most interested in topics such as carpentry and auto mechanics.

“So far I did finances and taxes,” Worwa said during the day. “Now I’m doing basic electric, probably the most favorite so far.” 

Sophomore Sarah Bloom took part in the sewing session as well as taxes, but she her favorite child care.

“It’s really beneficial when you are babysitting to understand the dangers of that are involved and how to properly take care of toddlers and anywhere up to 10,” she explained. 

Students said they enjoyed the sessions and learned something important along the way.

“It’s interesting for the kids to just sit there and learn something that they need to know later on in their future life,” Worwa added. “I mean, you are going to need those things in life that’s why they are called life skills ” 

“In our class room we talk about science and history, but we don’t really get to understand how to work with real world problems like taxes and finances,” Bloom continued. “So that’s why I think it’s important for people to come in.” 

Principal Daley hopes to see more life skills classes incorporated into school curriculums and plans on holding a life skills day in the future. 

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