Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 11, 1976 · Page 10
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 10

Nampa, Idaho
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Thursday, March 11, 1976
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The Idaho Free Press, Thursday, March 11,1976--8 World of sewing opens for Cindy Hendry at Alice's Fabrics. Mercy Medical Center occupational therapists Mary Campbell- Poole, left, and Leslie Schwartz, center, show Debbie Johnson the ropes. NERO it's education through action at the Thoroughbred Restaurant. NAMPA- Learning reading, 'riling and nthmetic inside the classroom may be all good and well, but there are some lessons which musl be experienced to be learned At least that's the philosophy behind a unique precedent-setting HERO program available to Nampa High School students, under the direction of Penny Pearse. HERO, which stands for home economics-related occupations, consists of "merchants showing their concern for kids" by teaching them "skills they couldn't learn in school," according to Pearse. The program, the first multi- occupational HERO program in Idaho involves sending 4CM5 junior and senior students each 'semester into the community to learn the workings of numerous businesses. On the list of businesses participating in the program are dental offices, veterinary clinics, kindergartens and preschools, variety, gift, grocery and department stores, interior decorating shops, restaurants, nursing homes hospitals, greenhouses and fabric stores Making use of classroom time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the students enter the business world, seeking experiences which will "help them become more employable," according to Pearse On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the teenagers meet at the school in formal class sessions which teach them how to apply for jobs; how to make out resumes; and basic telephone and sales skills. The program has been in progress for three years, with Pearse at the head for two of those years. Juniors change occupations every six weeks, or about five to six times a year, while seniors may move from job to job every nine weeks with many staying at one job for the whole semester, says Pearse. Pearsesays that educators from several colleges and universities, as well as other high schools, have come to Nampa to view the program. She notes that it is an inexpensive program, which in the end "hopefully is a tax-saving thing," as students get jobs easier upon graduating thus preventing additions to the welfare rolls. Text by Rachel Nicholson Photos by MERC "Now arms up . . ." is the chant as Debbie Salek directs Centennial School exercises. Dr. Reed Jarvis instructs Stacy Boston in the "open wid«' profession. r

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