Students in the Life Skills program at Three Lakes Middle School are partnering with FD’s Grillhouse in The Village at Cumberland Park shopping center in south Tyler to help put their vocational skills to work.
Every Wednesday morning, eight sixth through eighth grade students in the Life Skills program, along with their teachers, spend a little over an hour at the restaurant performing tasks such as rolling silverware, cleaning off tables and menus, and other small tasks. In addition to these physical skills, students learn appropriate behaviors for public settings and practice interaction skills with restaurant employees.
“The goal of this partnership is to begin training these students with the skills needed to obtain jobs after graduation,” teacher Sara Loredo said. “As juniors and seniors they will be taking actual work classes, so this helps expose them early to what these classes will be like.”
FD Grillhouse manager Scott Williams says he and the employees enjoy having the students in the restaurant each week.
“The experience has been amazing,” Williams said. “Anytime we can help in the community we are happy to do so. The students are a positive impact on all of us here at FD’s Grillhouse.”