Inside the Classroom: Spectrum Charter School Holiday Shop
Students at the Monroeville-based Spectrum Charter School took part in the school's annual Holiday Shop on Friday, using mock cash to purchase donated gifts for themselves, family and friends.
Principal Jenni Schurr said the program helps students spread holiday cheer to their families and friends. The program also teaches banking, saving and what to expect on a paycheck — skills that transfer to life outside of school, Schurr said.
"In learning those skills, they become a better person, a better worker — more of a contributing member of the community," Schurr said.
The public charter school has four classrooms and 32 students between the ages of 13 and 21 who have been diagnosed with autism or other learning impairments. Member districts paid $19,000 to $32,000 per child this school year.
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