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February 26, 2010

Doing the math

Russell Middle students benefit from helpful grocery shopping

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RUSSELL —

Once they’ve wound through the aisles, they meet up at the checkout. That’s another good place to practice social skills, like talking to the cashiers, Hogg said.

Back at school, they unload the vans and take the groceries to Hogg’s classroom. From there they deliver to teachers. “That’s where they get that sense of satisfaction that they’ve helped,” Hogg said.

“I like to help people,” Darin said.

When Darin and Drew drop off groceries to Carol Digby in the library, she rewards them with a hug.

A typical order for her could include chicken, macaroni and potatoes, most of what she needs to make dinner that evening, she said. “It’s a great service. It teaches them math and skills and helps us out so we don’t have to make those trips,” she said.

So far this year they’ve bought $870 worth of groceries for 28 staff members at Kroger and Walmart. Next week, they’re going out to eat, another outing where they’ll practice social skills, Hogg said.

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