Pepperoni, mushrooms, and cheese! The B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students enjoyed their first outdoor eating Community Based Instruction (CBI) at Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza!

Prior to the CBI, facilitators Donna Mansolillo and Kathy Gorman-Gard discussed with students about calculating tip for the server based upon the quality of service that was provided at a restaurant. The students and facilitators shared different experiences they had at restaurants and the quality of service they received. After the discussion, each student had a chance to practice their tip calculations using the Promethean Board calculator. Facilitators shared easy methods of how to figure out tips, without the use of a calculator.

Later that week, when the students went to Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza, students were able to order a meal and a drink. Some of the students ordered subs, but the overall winner of meal choices was pizza. Students enjoyed socializing with one another, talking about what they did over the weekend and plans for homecoming. After everyone was done eating, Ms. Mansolillo asked the students how they felt the service had been for their large group. Everyone agreed the server did a great job and deserved the 20% tip.

The students are all now ready to give the appropriate amount of tip as they continue going out on their CBI’s over the school year. This CBI allowed the students to practice using their Resources, Independence, Development, Growth, Empowerment and Social Skills.