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Cooking up real-life job skills at BHS

McChiefs offers special needs students opportunity to learn in restaurant setting


Kim Lance puts toppings on a hot dog Friday at McChiefs, a student-operated mini-restaurant at Bellefontaine High School. The students are members of teacher Rick Reed’s special education class. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MATT HAMMOND)

It has served up breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and sausage, breakfast burritos, and even offered a baked potato bar.

Specialty hot dogs were on the menu Friday in McChiefs at Bellefontaine High School. The business is operated by teacher Rick Reed’s special education students. On Friday mornings throughout the school year, his classroom is converted into a mini-restaurant.

“I worked at Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center in 2005 and Jerry Landis, a longtime educator there, had students cooking breakfast sandwiches as a fundraiser for the students,” said Mr. Reed. “We found ourselves looking for meaningful activities to improve practical skills for our students and it seemed like a good fit.”

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