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March 4, 2012
Jake Jemas is a senior at Solebury School in New Hope Four years of high school and I still don't know how to scramble an egg. I have no idea how to change a tire. And applying for a student loan looks like a mind-boggling process. Graduating high school seniors have Shakespeare, algebra, and physics under their belts, but they have never been taught how to function as independent adults. Basic life skills are left out of a high school experience that is supposed to prepare you for the "real world.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Jen Wulf, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brownie pizza was the featured entree at a recent cooking club meeting in Burlington County. Four tiny chefs scrambled around the kitchen in the Medford community center, grating their white chocolate "cheese" and taking a quick break for "pin the pepperoni on the pizza. " Brownie pizza may not be the most essential recipe for a 9-year-old to master, but Rosy Gruber says the cooking is secondary for her son, Jason. "I tell people he's going to a cooking class and they think, 'Oh, he's learning to cook.
NEWS
September 23, 2003 | By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
If it weren't for the Variety Club's after-school program, James Welsh, 20, would be sitting home alone watching television. And Tiffany Erickson, 18, might not have found her niche, working with preschoolers at Tolentine Community Center. James and Tiffany are developmentally disabled. They are two of about 50 teens and young adults, ages 15 to 21, who attend the after-school program each day in Room 311 at Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia. The program, free to the students, provides work opportunities, arts and crafts, and academic remediation - all part of the life-skills training essential for developmentally disabled youth.
NEWS
May 3, 1998
Rena Rowan arrived in America as a war bride in 1945. Deserted by her husband in the 1950s, she raised four children alone in a fourth-floor walkup in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. "We had no food. My landlady asked me to hem a skirt. She paid me, and I went around the corner to buy food. Eventually, I got a job for a New York designer, and I made clothes for him. " And, eventually, Rena Rowan became a cofounder of Jones New York, one of America's best-known fashion labels.
NEWS
September 6, 1999 | By Juan C. Rodriguez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After a 16-year hiatus, Becky Morgan is returning to the classroom to teach what was once called home economics at Burlington City High School. Like many teachers, Morgan took time off to raise a family. When her children were old enough to take care of themselves, she began searching for a teaching position that was similar to her old job. But she wasn't expecting much. "About two years ago, I didn't think there would be a [home economics] job out there," Morgan said. "The field was dying.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old graduating senior, "Renee," has told me I have taught her nothing about living life. Furthermore, she informed me that her school counselor agrees with her, saying I have failed to teach her the skills needed to be successful in life. At first I was angry and denied everything my daughter said. Now I am beginning to doubt myself and the way I have raised her. Have I taught her the necessary skills to live her life? Does she lack what it takes to make it through the good and bad parts of life?
SPORTS
April 9, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fog, caused by unseasonably warm mid-March weather, climbed ever so slowly off the ice, and was so heavy, so thick, you could barely see the young hockey players skating through their drills. Their innocent, unbridled laughter echoed off the tin roof of the Kensington rink - a rink that was on the critical list a few months ago. Ed Snider, the Flyers' founder and chairman, has taken the rink - and two others - off life support. Because of budget cuts, the city had targeted three city rinks for closure.
NEWS
July 11, 2004 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amyin Muhammad, 14, and Yusef Johnson, 10, were going at it on Broadway near Federal Street in Camden. Amid the fumes of passing buses and the smell of incense curling up from the tables of sidewalk vendors, Amyin, the ninth grader, had challenged Yusef, the fourth grader, to a joust in what has become a regular urban street sport: chess. It also is the main subject at what is known as the Camden Street Academy - four folding tables with chessboards presided over by Baba Yatahma, academy founder, street vendor and longtime denizen of the corner.
NEWS
March 27, 2005 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Three teenagers, armed with maroon linen napkins, polished silverware recently for the dinner crowd at a Warminster retirement community. They interrupted their work to talk hair. "How do they do the highlights?" asked Kirstin Snyder, 16. "They put your hair up," answered Meghan McNickle, 17. "It stings your eyes. " The students, juniors in the life skills class at William Tennent High School in Warminster, turned back to the task at hand and continued to work in comfortable silence.
NEWS
December 2, 1996 | By Mara Stanley, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Academy Park High School student John Richards, 17, had been anxious to walk to the post office. When he got there, he bought a stamp and mailed a letter to his pen pal Debbie Cipriano. In his letter, he had written about his three pets: a cat, a snake and a tarantula. He also wrote about his home - an apartment, where he shares a room with his brother. This was in response to the last letter he had received from Cipriano, a Souderton High School student, in which she asked about what kind of home he lived in. Richards, who is mentally disabled, became a pen pal this year as part of a life skills class he is enrolled in at Academy Park.
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NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA One of the hottest start-ups in the city sprang up in an unlikely place - a fourth-floor classroom at South Philadelphia High. In between lesson plans and parent conferences, teacher Michele McKeone has attracted some major buzz, along with sizable grants from the University of Pennsylvania and the Milken Family Foundation, attention from national media, and a start-up-of-the-year prize at the Philadelphia Geek Awards. Autism Expressed, her fledgling business, teaches digital skills to students with autism.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Shante is a pleasant 13-year-old who loves Sesame Street characters, so she was thrilled recently to visit Sesame Place, where she met Big Bird, Elmo, and some of the others she loves to watch on television. Later, she was delighted to have lunch with them. She also played games and toured the park. Other things that make Shante happy are listening to Justin Bieber, playing basketball, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and anything in the color pink. She can be shy when meeting new people, but soon warms up. Shante enjoys going to school, where she benefits from special education classes and is learning life skills.
NEWS
April 28, 2012 | By Kevin Begos, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh students were cautiously optimistic Friday after six days without a bomb threat. Scores of threats over a two-month period, many by anonymous e-mails, caused major disruptions to classes and campus life. The threats stopped April 21 after school officials withdrew a $50,000 reward offer for information about the person or people involved. On Friday, some students were already trying out gowns for the weekend's graduation ceremony, and showing family and friends around campus.
NEWS
March 7, 2012
Refiners need to think long term There may be a lot of truth to the letter from Sunoco Inc. about the refinery closings, but how about some sort of long-term alternative ("Tough choices at Sunoco," Friday)? There are still oil refiners in the country, and presumably they are not all losing money. How about a downsized, modernized, and more efficient refinery operation at one of the refinery sites? There are already fears of fuel shortages and price increases because of these two closings.
NEWS
March 4, 2012
Jake Jemas is a senior at Solebury School in New Hope Four years of high school and I still don't know how to scramble an egg. I have no idea how to change a tire. And applying for a student loan looks like a mind-boggling process. Graduating high school seniors have Shakespeare, algebra, and physics under their belts, but they have never been taught how to function as independent adults. Basic life skills are left out of a high school experience that is supposed to prepare you for the "real world.
SPORTS
May 20, 2011 | By BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Since as far back as their brains will allow them to remember, Markieff and Marcus Morris have done everything - everything - together. And since they started taking their basketball seriously, back in the ninth grade, their dream also has been the same - to play in the NBA. Now, as the dream appears to be creeping closer to reality, it has become apparent to the both of them that it probably will be the first thing to tear them away from each other. The identical twins are in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine, where over the span of 3 days they will work out and interview for prospective teams in preparation for the June 23 draft.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old graduating senior, "Renee," has told me I have taught her nothing about living life. Furthermore, she informed me that her school counselor agrees with her, saying I have failed to teach her the skills needed to be successful in life. At first I was angry and denied everything my daughter said. Now I am beginning to doubt myself and the way I have raised her. Have I taught her the necessary skills to live her life? Does she lack what it takes to make it through the good and bad parts of life?
FOOD
March 10, 2011 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
Darina Allen, doyenne of Irish cooking, is a huge advocate of her ancestors' foodways, of growing your own vegetables, making your own butter, even raising your own chickens. Her latest cookbook is a how-to for what she believes is a new generation who want to live closer to the land. She chatted with us from her Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, about her book, Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways Are the Best.   Question: What inspired you to write a cookbook that includes skills like how to pluck a chicken?
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Jen Wulf, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brownie pizza was the featured entree at a recent cooking club meeting in Burlington County. Four tiny chefs scrambled around the kitchen in the Medford community center, grating their white chocolate "cheese" and taking a quick break for "pin the pepperoni on the pizza. " Brownie pizza may not be the most essential recipe for a 9-year-old to master, but Rosy Gruber says the cooking is secondary for her son, Jason. "I tell people he's going to a cooking class and they think, 'Oh, he's learning to cook.
SPORTS
April 9, 2009 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fog, caused by unseasonably warm mid-March weather, climbed ever so slowly off the ice, and was so heavy, so thick, you could barely see the young hockey players skating through their drills. Their innocent, unbridled laughter echoed off the tin roof of the Kensington rink - a rink that was on the critical list a few months ago. Ed Snider, the Flyers' founder and chairman, has taken the rink - and two others - off life support. Because of budget cuts, the city had targeted three city rinks for closure.
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