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Do you know the muffin man?
For Coventry High School, the muffin men—and women—are learning far more than just a recipe. Students in the high school’s special education classroom cheerfully bake muffins every Tuesday morning, captivating the entire school with the freshly-baked aroma. Students and staff can’t wait to buy the muffins during the Wednesday sale.
But learning to bake is just one part of the curriculum. Special education teacher Cassie Baldwin and her assistant, Kim Bauer, have turned muffin-mixing into a life skills business for her students, teaching them everything from conceptual math to decision-making and social skills.
Baldwin also credits their success to the family atmosphere in the classroom and school itself. “They're going all over the school," she said. “They're asking people 'Can I take your order,' making change for them, and thanking them. . . . [t]he building is just so supportive. Everybody has always been super-nice to my kids."
On Fridays, the students use their earnings to go on outings they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise, including a trip to buy gifts for each other for Christmas.
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