Many high school students may think they have a knack for working with young children. Students at Fort Mill High School have a sure way of finding out.
The Fort Mill school district's Preschool Child Develop-ment Center has a dual purpose. Primarily, it serves as a learning center for children of school district employees and others in the community.
But the laboratory school also serves as a place for high school students to work with children and decide if that might be a career for them. The students visit the lab regularly to read to the preschoolers and do activities with them. And for some, it has been a life-changing experience.
Those who do find their work with children to be rewarding can earn up to six college credits through York Technical College while still in high school. They also can become eligible for a state child-care credential.
While the lab offers experience in early childhood development, we suspect that it might also inspire high school students to enter other fields involving children, such as teaching, coaching, physical training or work with youth groups.
Classroom training in early childhood education is essential. But the lab school affords hands-on experience that can't be simulated in a classroom.
We congratulate the district for creating a school that provides both a wonderful learning environment for children and a great place for high school students to learn about themselves.
Fort Mill Preschool Child Development Center gives high school students real experience.