Real World Wednesdays at FHC

Posted on 10/13/2017
Real World Wednesdays at FHC

The students at Francis Howell Central High School excel at academics, and the proof is in their grades and test scores. And while classes like chemistry and calculus help to prepare students for college, what about practical hands-on skills? “Real World Wednesday is our opportunity at FHC to make sure that when our kids leave here they are ready,” said Dr. Sonny Arnel, Principal. “That includes academics, but also real-world skills to be a well-rounded person. We want them to have an opportunity to learn how to change a tire or jump-start a car. We’re trying to give them the skills and knowledge to take care of themselves and to be successful.”

Real World Wednesday is the brainchild of Learning Media Specialist Andrea Head, who heard about the idea while networking with a group called Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the Future Ready Initiative. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to teach our students real-world skills that they don’t always get in the curriculum,” said Head. “So last month it was how to rock a job interview, for guys how to tie a tie; this time it’s how to change a tire; next time it’s going to be how to wrap a present, write a thank-you note, and address an envelope!”

FHC students like freshman Rhyen Standridge genuinely appreciate the opportunity. “It was really fun, and we learned a lot – how to jump-start a car, how to check the air pressure in a tire. This way we can avoid trouble if we’re in a bad situation.” The automotive session of Real World Wednesday at FHC was the subject of a recent KMOV Channel 4 “News 4 Schools” segment.

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