Central High School Students Get Real Life Learning Experience


KELOLAND students are stepping out of their high school classrooms to get some real life experience. 

For the entire semester, Central High School sophomore Malakie Feild has been coming to this preschool class at Rural America Initiatives.  He’s learning about early child development.  The experience is preparing him for his future.

“Every person in their lifetime is going to handle kids at some point, like me, I plan on being a parent, some kids plan on being teachers in this program, some people are just going to handle like cousins or nephews, so no matter what you’re going to want to be able to get involved with that kid,” Feild said.

Twice a week, Feild and his classmates interact with kids ranging in age from 3 to 5.

“I’ve learned that with children, every child is different in different ways, if they’re really shy, you might have to try to help them and slowly get them into group activities, if they’re really excited you might have to calm them down a little bit,” Field said. 

“I think it’s awesome that young people like them want to come into a preschool setting and learn from the kids,” teacher Tia Saknikent said.

An opportunity Feild suggests other students take the chance to do.

“I really like going outside with the children, they’re really interactive, always upbeat and really happy,” Feild said.

The high school students have also attended SD Early Childhood Education Conference in Spearfish earlier this year and have become CPR certified.

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