The HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students headed out on a Community-Based Instruction (CBI) field trip to one of their favorite places, Mission BBQ. They enjoyed a delicious lunch with their teachers and peers.  

Students practiced their independence by ordering and paying for their meals independently. Each student placed their order for an entrée, a side dish, and a beverage. They paid for their meal using their ATM Debit card. A few of them indulged by treating themselves to a delicious peach cobbler. 

During lunch, the students had the opportunity to socialize with each other. While the students were eating, the Star-Spangled Banner was broadcast on all the television sets.  As a tradition at Mission BBQ, the Star-Spangled Banner comes on each day at noon, and everyone stops eating and stands up to show respect for the American flag.  

Vincent stood up and saluted the flag with his hand above his brow. Shortly afterwards, a U.S. Vietnam Veteran came to the table where Vincent was sitting and explained how to properly salute the flag.  As the gentleman left the table, Anastasia thanked him for serving our country.  

A lunch outing can be an incredibly valuable experience for our students. They get to apply the skills they’ve learned in the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program and also can learn important life lessons. What a great learning opportunity!