Get the Door. It’s Domino’s!

Last week’s Community Based Instruction (CBI) included ordering lunch from delicious Dominos. In preparation for this CBI, the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students attended a “drive by” at the high school to pick up their own individual Domino’s Gift Card. By having this gift card, all students would have the opportunity to practice their budgeting skills while also learning how to place an online order. To simplify this process, Facilitators Kathy Gorman-Gard and Donna Mansolillo reviewed in class the steps of the online ordering process so students would know what to expect.

Pizza Day could not come soon enough for the students! On the day of the CBI, the B.R.I.D.G.E.S.  students were put to the test and independently ordered their lunch online through the Domino’s website. Did you know that Domino’s delivers not only pizza, but pasta, chicken wings, salads and desserts? As they added their items in their cart, students made sure that their total stayed within their $20 budget. Students followed the instructions on how to check out which included choosing the correct restaurant location, adding their address for delivery, and lastly instructing the delivery person on where to drop off the food. After placing their orders, students patiently waited for their lunch to arrive.

All of the students received their orders and were happy to enjoy a tasty meal. Catherine was sure to remark how delicious her marble brownie tasted!

Throughout the past year, online ordering has become more popular; therefore, the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program has incorporated this life skill on how to successfully order online. It is important the students have these experiences as they prepare their transition into independent living.

There were many lessons learned from this CBI. The first lesson was that even though you practice something, it does not always work out the way you planned. The second lesson was patience. Several students had drivers with many orders which prolonged the delivery time.

The HDS Foundation is proud of our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students as they continue to practice their life skills of Budgeting, Independence, Growth, Empowerment and Social Skills. Stay tuned this week as the students meet with Luke Wilson from FND to continue discussing about Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination!