WAKEFIELD â€“ Yoi. Rei. Hajime. Ready. Bow with respect and begin. It was like learning a new language in addition to learning a new choreographed dance in a whole new world. Except, it wasnâ€™t a foreign language. It was commands used in karate. It wasnâ€™t the waltz or the salsa. It was karate moves and fighting stances and it wasnâ€™t a whole new world. It was Ichiban Karate Studio in Wakefield.
A new program at North Kingstown High School is offering special education students a way to gain valuable work experience and important life lessons.
The program, which began in October, aims to give students an opportunity to get out of the classroom and into a real working environment with the accompanying responsibilities and prospects focused on that task. Students are required to report to work daily in the high school cafeteria alongside adult employees, often to participate in monthly luncheons for the high school staff.
The proposed two-percent additional tax on restaurant meals and beverages has emerged as the big headline from Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s 2012 budget. His notion that it would fund additional aid to school districts didnâ€™t seem to get as much ink.
My advice? Go someplace nice for lunch, order a good meal and a cocktail, and stop worrying about it. The tax ainâ€™t going to happen.
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