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Riverton Students Create Greeting Cards from Recycled Paper


There's a manufacturing company operating out of a classroom at Riverton high school. 323 manufacturing creates greeting cards using recycled paper to start. Its a  unique approach to learning for an exceptional group of students. 


323 Manufacturing looks more like home ec class on first glance. The students  product starts with a recipe. 

Chris Huff says, "You  add five cups of water and you put shredded  white paper in it then blend the white paper first." 

Then 4 cups of colored paper and the mush is spooned into a water filled mold. Once water is drained, the newly created paper square is  dried and even ironed.
Seniors Bella and Chris instruct other students on the process like managers. 

Chris says, "We get them and they do all the work. We just tell hem what to do and stuff."

Bella says, "Its fun its cool it definitely  helps me prepare for the world
a lot of ways, like I could  get a job this could be like on my applications."

Teach Matt De Moss says, "A  lot of these students have specIfic  learning needs that require just a different setting.

And he says  it's the ultimate job training program. "They know how to find  a set of instructions follow those instructions  use the tools that are required to do their job 
and work with other students and be able to communicate," says De Moss.

DeMoss developed the program with help from Greenbush Education Service Center which  connected him to a Kansas City school where he saw it in practice. The students run the program here  and he says they're learning more than arts and crafts by creating the greeting cards.

De Moss says, "Chris and Bella say they don't want to do math but they are doing math just getting a real world application  of it in a fun and useful way."

They even sell the final product, decorated cards, around school for a dollar each. They sold hundreds of Christmas cards and  students count the money.

DeMoss says, "They're seeing the value and rewards of their labor."

And its  an opportunity for students in a unique classroom to mix with other students in the school.
"When they get to stand up  in the hallway at lunch time and sell cards and its a  product they've produced and their proud of, you can see the sense of ownership  they have in the program and doing it. To be honest with you,  its really been a great  opportunity for them to express themselves to other kids in the  school because we have a unique classroom. They're getting more opportunities to work in the general education atmosphere."

Bella says, "It makes me feel proud of myself and other people."

Profits from cards sales pay for class trips. The class includes some from neighboring school districts which are part of the southeast Kansas interlocal.  Students in De Moss's special education class can continue learning and working there through the age of 21.



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