Fresno school launches Meaningful Work Program

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Ewing Elementary school launched its Meaningful Work Program, offering students an opportunity to be hired for school-based jobs.

Tuesday, kids came dressed and prepped for job interviews.

The students first turned in applications for 23 open positions among the most popular were office assistant, teacher's aide as well as recycling and campus beautification team. There's also a position for peacemakers where students act as problem solvers at recess, after receiving specialized training at Fresno State.

The students do not get paid but school officials say their reward is much greater.

Ewing Elementary's Principal, Sandra Toscano said, "A lot of the roles are focussed on how they treat each other and so through the training that respect is key and the Golden Rule is what we live by. It's helped in how they interact even with adults. And then also if they trust in an adult it's easier to connect and tell an adult when someone is in need or a problem arises."

The students turned in the applications earlier this month for about two dozen available positions and the school hopes to add even more in the future.
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