The term adulting has become popular over the past few years, but what exactly does that mean? To 190 Calaveras High School seniors, it means learning how to pay your bills, fill out loan forms, and tackle real life problems that most people will face at some point in life.
At On the Right Track, students were given four real-life situations that they had to get through with the help of 32 organizations on April 27 at Calaveras High School in San Andreas.
These organizations were from county government services, law enforcement, lawyers, real estate agents, banks and many others. Their sole purpose was to help give students the tools necessary to succeed in their next phase of life.
On the Right Track is a program that was birthed in Calaveras County by Stacie Johnston at the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce. Although the goal of the program is to give seniors a look at adulthood and prepare them for real life problems, it has taken on a life of its own.
Students eagerly interacted with the representatives from the various businesses and county agencies, engaging and asking questions.
“It says a lot about the community to come out and support the students,” said Mike Tambini, principal of Calaveras High School.
The chance to learn life skills is not a new concept, but the avenue that this program takes seems to be hitting the mark, said Calaveras Unified School District Superintendent Mark Campbell.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to learn things we can’t do in the classroom,” Campbell said. “I spoke with several students and they all had two things to say: thanks to the community for investing their time and resources into them, and they excitedly talked about the things they didn’t know before they stepped onto the track.”
Both students and community members took more than just information away from the morning.
“(Students) have a greater appreciation for the community, and it helps them and the community,” Campbell said.