Lending a Hand: Helping Students Learn Life Lessons

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The Klein ISD Warehouse shuffles countless boxes, orders, and deliveries out of its doors daily to ensure operations in our 50+ buildings run smoothly, and sometimes it does so with a little extra help from a Klein Collins High School student group.

Life 30 Readiness is a community-based vocational instruction program that aims to teach students transferable skills that will aid in increasing employability and independence post-secondary education. Over time, the Klein ISD Warehouse has served as the perfect extension to the classroom.

“Our partnership with the Klein ISD Warehouse provides a learning environment for our students,” Klein Collins Life 30 Readiness teacher Kami Faldyn said. “The best way to acquire and retain a skill is to practice it in a real-world environment.”

Life 30 learners are aligned to tasks based on personal strength, warehouse needs, and students’ employment goals. After job shadowing warehouse staff and practicing in the classroom with the assistance of Faldyn and Life 30 Job Coach Tammy Rafferty, the students are ready to work and learn alongside warehouse staff. This has become a fine-tuned, skilfull system of collaboration.

Life 30 student Eric Mena has found his niche, ensuring that all interoffice mail is sent and received properly.

“I’m always in the mailroom every single week,” he said. “A lot of mail goes to CO; they have a lot of departments.”

Director of Warehouse Services Todd Schultz sees the warehouse atmosphere changes when the Life 30 class walks in because they bring such a lighthearted, can-do attitude with them.

“The staff loves it,” he said. “Being able to interact with the students and have a hand in teaching them something that’s meaningful, even though it’s not in the classroom setting, that will help them in the long run and is rewarding for us.”

Throughout their time at the warehouse, the students have learned to take ownership and responsibility for their work, which helps create a healthy sense of self.

“The biggest area of growth has been student confidence in their vocational skills and abilities,” Faldyn said. “Students have built confidence to ask the warehouse staff for help when needed, engage in conversation during breaks, offer to help when a task is complete, and so much more.”

From clerical to custodial, Life 30 students are strengthening their professional and problem-solving skills with the guidance and support of our wonderful Klein ISD Warehouse staff.

“Promise2Purpose is live, here, and happening right now in the Klein ISD Warehouse,” Faldyn said.