Peoria, Ariz. – The Child Oriented Occupational Program (COOP) at Cactus High School recently joined Mrs. Pulbratek’s Ceramics I class to make leaf bowls as part of COOP’s Earth and nature lesson.
Students in Mrs. Pulbratek’s class gave one-on-one instruction to COOP students and helped make the leaf-shaped bowls as part of the intertwining curriculum between the two classes.
Cactus senior and COOP intern Felycity Lipsey, who participated last year as a ceramics student, organized the collaboration between the ceramics students and COOP. “I had ceramics last year and it was fun to have the COOP kids come into our class, so I asked my teacher and the Ceramics teacher if we could do it again,” said Felycity. “The kids really enjoy it, and its great for them to interact with the high school students.”
COOP classes are full-day, tuition-based programs offered at several district high schools. These programs are for four-year-old children and are staffed by high school students who have taken child development classes and are currently enrolled in COOP classes. These students are interested in a career working with young children. High school students plan the lessons under the guidance of the COOP director (a certified teacher) and the morning and afternoon COOP coordinators.