WOODSTOCK — Students at Woodstock High School learned how to write checks, cook simple meals and other skills at the school’s “Adulting 101” Thursday in the school’s media center.

At a cooking station, students sampled quesadillas and potato soup and were given a brief overview of how to prepare them on a stove or in a slow cooker. Outside, a mechanic demonstrated how to change a tire on a pickup truck. To practice writing checks, students gave “donations” to the media center for things like sharks and unicorns to enter a raffle for a gift basket.

Local business representatives and other volunteers gave their time and expertise to teens to help them with things they’ll have to do after they graduate from high school and start living on their own.

The “adulting” class was the product of media specialist Jennifer Cogdill with the help of other staff members and volunteers. It was open to students of all grade levels in elective classes or during their lunch periods.

“I read a couple articles about similar types of things and I thought, ‘What a cool idea,” Cogdill said. “The kids really do lack some of those basic life skills. I don’t know how we get away from it. We want to take this next year and make it one day where we focus on each of these ‘adulting’ skills. This is a taste to see what they like and respond to, and next year we’ll do a day with Woodstock Police, or a day with Credit Union of Georgia.”

The school regularly holds career cafe events in which professionals are invited to speak, as well as college and career fairs.

Participants included Northside Hospital Cherokee, Woodstock Police Department, Chloe’s Auto Repair and Credit Union of Georgia. Students roamed the media center to various workshops that covered cooking, safety, changing tires, checks and financial aid, personal health and laundry.

Senior Gavin Smith said he learned from the event, participating in the auto and the police workshops.

“I learned a lot about changing a tire. That’s a common thing that a lot of teenagers don’t know and don’t want to learn,” he said. “This is a great event for the students here. These are the simple things that you probably need to know to learn how to adult. Unless a parent teaches it, who is going to teach us this?”

Senior Kayla Mann said that she learned how to write a check at the event, something she had never done simply because she never had to.

“This is a good thing, because this an opportunity for everyone in the school to go to,” she said. “A lot of the different stations were things that when someone goes to college and they’re on their own they’re going to have to know how to do.”

Media specialist Kim George said that the event saw a good turnout, with more than 100 students attending in the first period and dozens more at a time arriving throughout the day.

“They’re all having a blast. I think each kid has something they’re taking away from at least one station,” George said.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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