Festival offers life skills for students

By JOSH NICHOLS

Daily Press writer

When Moffat County High School senior Treva Tyler goes away to Oregon State University next fall, she said she's confident she has the skills necessary to live on her own.

But the Key Club president said she's not sure many of her fellow classmates do, which is why her club has helped organize the "Livin' in the Real World" Teen Fest, scheduled for Saturday at the Centennial Mall in Craig. The purpose of the event is to help students learn basic skills for living on their own.

Jo Jo La, a ninth grader and member of Key Club, said she thought important skills would be featured at the event.

"A lot of people don't know how to do simple things like ironing a shirt or changing a tire," she said.

Those are a few of the skills that will be taught Saturday at the Teen Fest organized by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office in Craig in conjunction with the MCHS Key Club.

"It's going to be fun," said 11th-grade Key Club member Jenna Stiefel. "It's an opportunity to learn about different skills you'll need throughout your life."

CSU Extension Agent Elisa Shackelton said more than 60 presenters will be on hand to teach different skills.

A few workshops will include:

  • Balancing a checkbook.
  • Breaking up a relationship peacefully.
  • Buying a new or used car.
  • Renting an apartment.
  • Tying a tie.
  • Getting a loan.
  • Sorting laundry.

Shackelton said assumptions can't be made that basic life skills are learned this day in age, during a time in which cutbacks have been made to home economic courses in schools and parents are busy and don't have time to teach children many necessary skills at home.

"My motivation is to help these kids avoid the embarrassment of having other people find out they don't know how to do these things when they're on their own," she said.

Different volunteers from the community will give presentations.

In addition to learning valuable life skills, those who attend will be eligible for several door prizes. A few of the prizes include two free Steamboat ski passes courtesy of KRAI radio, free sandwiches from Subway, free video rentals from J.C. Flicks and free gas from Kloos and Associates.

The goal of the day is to have fun and learn, the Key Club members said.

"The goal is to learn things that we take for granted," Tyler said. "These are things that we should know but we just let our parents do."

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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