The Sentinel: “SWEET REWARDS: Aurora West students heart special treats from special students”

From left, 8th graders, Anderson Zuniga, Amuro Almazan and Paula Gurrola work together making chocolates to be delivered as valentine's to students and staff at Aurora West Prep Academy, Feb. 13, 2020. Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado

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"‘Tis the season for sweet treats and gestures, and a handful of students offered that in droves to their fellow classmates and school faculty, the day before Valentine’s Day.

Students with special needs from Aurora West Prep Academy made chocolate treats and hand delivered them across the school, Thursday.

The event is part of a new program at the school to teach business skills to the students with significant and profound needs. In addition to the business skills accrued, the students will also learn about food safety and customer service, as well as costs of products, how to budget their money and even how to cook.

'This is a life skill that they’re going to need their entire lives,' said Individual Learning Center teacher, Annette Green. Green works with students with significant and profound needs. These skills are aimed at contributing to these students being able to successfully live on their own, Green said."