School of Life

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    • The School of Life is a very special school. It takes in all sorts of kids from orphans sent there because they are too difficult to place, kids who've been kicked out of other schools for various reasons, last chance kids who chose this over reform school or juvie, and even some kids sent there by parents who think they need a kick in the pants.
      The schools philosophy is different than most schools. There are high expectations, but the adults don't get involved a lot. Adults simply supervise and teach. If there is a need for adult intervention like a fight breaks out or there is an emergency than adults will step in and help, but other than that they prefer for the kids to hand themselves.
      The students are expected to keep their grades up, keep their personal spaces orderly, help and support other students, and lastly the students are expected to work at various places on the school grounds. At the end of each month students are paid based on their performance. If you slacked you will get less than those who worked hard. To teach responsibility older students are assigned to newer and younger students to help them.
      The goal of the school is to raise adults who can go out into the real world and know how to work and be responsible citizens without feeding off the system. When children are released at 18 they are given all their savings from living in the school and reccomendation letters from the adults they worked with

      LOCATION/CAMPUS: The school located near the Mississippi near the Pearl River. The nearest town, Florence, is about 20 miles away. The school has a small crop and animal farm.
      When you drive down the long private road you will pass a field with animals on your right and crops on your left. You will first come to a small parking lot and a large stone building that is the school house and in-processing center.
      Behind the school is a network of dirt paths that go to various locations on the campus.
      Go to the left and you'll be led to a barn with a chicken coop on the wall facing the field where the animals are during the day.
      Go to the right and you'll find another barn with farming equipment and even further on, near the river, you'll find a greenhouse. The field stretch out the way you entered though they aren't very big.
      If you keep going straight you'll come to another fork in the road. This time if you go the right you'll get to a stone path and a small grouping of building. These are the workshops where kids learn mechanics, carpentry, and other skills.
      If you go the left at the second fork you'll come to town sqaure type place of dirt. On the left are two large stone houses and on the right are two stone houses. Straight in front is a small stone house that almost backs up the river. These are the dorms.

      HOUSING INFO: Each large stone house is a dorm building and is able to house up to 24 children. It has a kitchen, a rec room, a laundry room, and 6 rooms that hold 4 children each. All 6 bedrooms are on the second floor along with 3 bathrooms.
      The smaller stone house is for the over-night adult staff.

      Every Sunday night if you to the edge of the school property down on the river banks you'll see a small group of young adults and students. Here is where kids can get cigarettes, alcohol, and whatever they aren't allowed to buy. The ring is run by some young adults in town who don't feel they earn enough at their own jobs or have no jobs. Staff does not currently know about, a downside to low supervision, and not even all the students know about it.

      Students are split into houses by gender. The school believes that mixing ages promotes responsibility, however rooms are splits by age. Ages 12-14 are in the same rooms and ages 15-18 are in the same rooms.
      When students first arrive they are provided with clothes if needed, hygiene supplies, bedding, and school supplies. However after the initial supplying they are supposed to provide and pay for their own with the money provided.
      Students have schools 5 days a week and there is work 6 days a week. Sunday is considered a free day and students can go to religious services or just relax. Every night, if s student manages his time right, there is free time to relax and write to family.
      Homework handed out is minimal because the school believes is more detrimental than helpful. Mostly homework given out is reading or papers.
      Students' schedules are not forced upon them. If you choose to not show up for school or work you lose pay.
      The only required show up is every morning at 6:00 Am and every evening at 9:30 PM an adult staff members takes roll call at each house. Other than that the adults stay out of the kids schedules.
      Twice a month there is a trip to town for kids to pick up hygiene supplies and whatever they needs. It is scheduled by house and not everyone can go every time. One month the girl houses will go and the next the boys will go.
      Students are released either when they turn 18 or when they graduate high school.
      Students earn anywhere from 0$-80$ a month.


      House Chores:
      Providing Breakfast and Dinner for the house. (Lunch on Weekends)
      Cleaning the Bathrooms
      Cleaning the Rec room
      Keeping personal spaces clean(Room, locker)
      Laundry(Done by room. i.e. Room 2 does their own laundry and Room 1 does their own laundry.)

      School Chores(in Building):
      Provide lunch for school, makes food items to sell at the schools open house
      Janitorial- Keeps school building clean, can do basic plumbing and electrician work
      Library- Run library including stocking shelves, making sure books get put back, and checking out and in books.
      Teacher's Assistant- Helps teachers in lower classrooms

      School Chores(out of Building):
      Keeps animals, grooms animals, collects eggs and milks, cleans animals stall.
      Farming(Crops)- Works in green house and fields, does basic repairs to farming equipment
      Workshop- Works in carpentry, mechanincs, and some art to make toys and other items to sell at the open house


      School starts at 8:00AM and ends at 12:00 PM. After lunch works goes on until 6:00 PM, sometimes later if needed.
      The building is two stories. The second floor grades 7th-9th. The first floor is grades 10th-12th.
      There is no PE class because the work is considered enough physical education. However there are Health Classes.


      - Book club

      - Art club

      - Study club

      - Choir Club

      -Theater Club

      - Language club (different foreign languages)

      - Future Planning club (Goes above and beyond the normal classes to assist kids in applying for college, enlisting, and other things that would help kids plan for the future that aren't covered in normal classes)

      - Sports club (intramurals mostly between houses, but there are some co-ed teams)

      Soccer(Split by house)
      Rugby(Split by age and house)
      Basketball(Split by age and house)
      Swim(In the river split just by age, Co-Ed)
      Capture the Flag(Co-Ed)

      (Clubs credit to @~Happily.Ever.After~)

      Every month there is a sign up sheet for school chores. It's on a first come first serve basis so if you're late you're stuck with the least wanted jobs.


      Teachers must be at least 21 years old. Over night teachers are expected to bring their own clothes, hygiene supplies, etc.

      There is staff there 7 days a weeks. Teachers are only on campus 5 days a weeks while work supervisors are there 6 days a week and on Sunday there are only a few adults that stick around to make sure no one dies or gets seriously hurt.


      Teachers: Math, Science, History, English for grades 7-12 plus a few special education teachers for those who are behind in their studies or need special help.

      Work Supervisors:

      Sewing- Includes quilting, knitting, crocheting, etc.
      Animals Farming-
      Crop Farming/Gardening-
      Cook Supervisors- (For in house and in school)

      General Supervisors: Adults who stay over night, work after hours, and weekends. They are paid the least and are mostly there to settle violent disputes, do role call, and sometimes counsel students.

      Nurse: there is one nurse during the school hours and two EMTs outside of school hours.

      Some adults work more than one job at the school.


      The school is funded in many ways.

      Government: Because they take in orphans they get some small compensation from the government. They also get surprise check ups by social services because of this.

      Open House: The school has open houses every 3 months selling things made in workshop and food.

      Farmers Market: Once a week some farming students go and sell crops at the farmers market.

      Donations: The school is always open to donations of both supplies and money.


      Student: The room are have one window directly in front of you when you walk in. On either side is a set of bunk beds. The room is small, with about 3 feet between the two sets of bed. Under the beds are two large tupperware containers for the students belongings.
      At the end of the bed closest to the door is an old tall locker with no lock. This is where you can hang up clothes if needed. You share it with your bunk mate.
      Kids are allowed to decorate their room however they want. Sheets and blankets are donated to the school so they vary. Students can also buy their own stuff in town.

      Staff: Staff have the same sized room except it's only two per room. There are still two lockers against the wall near the door for staff to hang stuff up in and large storage bins under the bed. Staff are allowed to decorate their rooms however they see fit.



      |House #1|

      Room #1:
      Room #2:
      Room #3:
      Room #4:
      Room #5:
      Room #6:


      |House #3|

      Room #1: Madison,
      Room #2: Petya,
      Room #3:
      Room #4:
      Room #5:
      Room #6:


      |House #2|

      Room #1: Declan,
      Room #2:
      Room #3:
      Room #4:
      Room #5:
      Room #6:


      |House #4|

      Room #1:
      Room #2:
      Room #3:
      Room #4:
      Room #5:
      Room #6:


      |House #5|

      Room #1:
      Room #2:
      Room #3:
      Room #4:
      Room #5:
      Room #6:


      Jezebel Florissa Wagner/22/Teacher - English & General Supervisor/Launage Instructor
      Kyle James Knicll/16/10th Grade/Cleaning/Workshop: Carpentry & Mechanics/Rugby & Swim
      Logan Hunter Jackson/14/9th Grade/Laundry/Farming-Animals/Capture the Flag & Music & Swim
      Madison Noelle Jameson/13/7th Grade/Cooking/Workshop: Carpentry & Art/Capture the Flag & Rugby & Soccer & Swim

      @Charlie Vasilyev:

      Isaac Ryung Freeman/24/Special Education Teacher & General Suprvisor/Rugby Instructor
      Keziah Ajani Solomon/17/12th Grade/Head Girl(House #3)/Cafeteria/Furture Planning & Theater & Swim
      Declan Filip Sloane/13/8th Grade/Cook/Crop Farming-Gardening/Capture the Flag & Swim
      Petya Grigorovna Mateev/12/4th & 5th Grade/Laundry & Cleaning/Janitorial/CLUBS

      OC Thread-School of Life
    #1 Charlie Vasilyev, Mar 15, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2016
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  1. The Pearl River flowed peacefully through the pre-dawn darkness. Birds had just started chirping and the grass is cold and wet with dew. The morning is relatively quiet, peaceful even. That is until you step onto the school grounds. Despite it being early the school is already awake and starting their day's chores. Lights are on in all five of the houses and the smell of five different breakfasts floats through the air. Kids are stumbling around as they just wake up or are briskly handing out breakfast dishes to others.
    The cooking kids have been up for a while, well at least most of them, a couple of the houses are just having cereal and coffee which doesn't take much preparation. The agriculture kids are also wide awake and already shoving breakfast down their throats before they need to get out and start their morning chores.

    POV: Pete
    Time: 5:07 AM, Tuesday, 12 April
    Location: Rec Room -> Upstairs Hallway, House #3

    Outfit, Form

    Pete had been awake for a while, in fact she'd barely slept last night and had been awake for hours. She was now sitting criss cross on the floor of the rec room with a mug of hot coffee in her hands. Their head girl, Keziah, always managed to get coffee in their house budget which Pete greatly appreciated.

    The tired girl rubbed her eyes slowly ignoring the scratchy sounding TV that blared some early morning cartoons or news...whatever one of the girls had turned on. She downed her coffee and standing up she walked into the kitchen and grabbed a plate she dropped some flapjacks onto it, poured some melted butter on those, and finished it off with a little sugar. Pete went and sat back down in her corner of the rec room. She cut up her pancakes and started to eat quickly.

    Technically as a janitor she didn't have morning chores, but her room-mates told her it was her turn to do the laundry and she wanted to get that done before school. After school she had to clean the school and then Language club was meeting from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM and she wanted to check that out.

    Pete finished her food and going into the kitchen she cleaned her dishes and put them away. She left the busy kitchen and hammered up the stairs to the second floor hallway. She started to walk quickly down the hallway towards her bedroom so she could pick the laundry up.

    POV: Dec
    Time: 5:07 AM, Tuesday, 12 April
    Location: House #2, Kitchen
    Outfit, Form

    "Everything is practically done already, Dec. " one of the boys snapped as Dec lazily walked into the kitchen. He was supposed to have awakened with the rest of the boys working as a chefs, but he as usual hadn't bothered to wake up until the bustle of the rest of the students waking up and getting ready.

    "It's not like you did a lot of work." Dec pointed out eyeing the gloppy oatmeal and cereal boxes set out. He pulled out some topping for the oatmeal and dumped them in little dishes before setting them out on the counter.

    "You need to be helping more! You're lazy." the other boy snapped at Dec. Dec shrugged and got sown the bowls before filling one with oatmeal and turning to leave,

    "Not so fast!" the boy shouted grabbing Dec's arm. "You can clean up, we'll go eat." he said. The other boys grabbed food and left for the rec room.

    "That's not fair." Dec muttered setting his bowl down and looking at the stacked up dishes. Some of the boys had a abd habit of not cleaning up after themselves. And, while Dec was included in this group, right now he resented that group. He was tired and just wanted to eat and relax. He went over and started to wash the dishes.

    "Coffee's out!" one rather large boy yelled to Dec's back. Dec turned around and stared blankly at the boy,

    "And?" he asked.

    "Fill the pot again." the big boy said slowly like he was speaking to an small child. Dec grabbed the pot and started to make more coffee putting it back on the stove before returning to the dishes. At this rate he was going to be eating cold oatmeal.

    POV: Keziah
    Time: 5:07 AM, Tuesday, 12 April
    Location: Room #4 -> Rec Room, House #3
    Outfit, Form

    Kesiah walked quickly down the upstairs hall. She'd been up for a while and after making sure the cooks were up she'd grabbed some coffee and gone up to her room to put the finishing touches on the week by week schedule for chores for the girls. She'd also checked up on the monthly budget plan to make sure she was on track.

    Kesiah took her new job as head girl very seriously and wanted to make sure everything ran smoothly during her term. Hey maybe she'd even be re-elected! But let' snot get ahead of things.

    "Mornin', Petey." Kesiah said as she bumped into the smaller girl in the hallway. She got a good morning grunt in response. Some of the girls' didn't have the best social skills which Kesiah didn't fault them for. Most kids here had a rough story, however she would always greet them. They were her girls now. She their surrogate mother so to least for this month.

    Kesiah came down into the rec room,

    "Good morning, ladies!" she greeted her house. Most of them had made their way down to get breakfast by now. "We have role call in about an hour. Farm kids, normal procedure you can start work, but must check in with me before you leave so I can mark you as present." she told the rec room before going into the cafeteria. She needed more coffee.

    After pouring herself a large cup she stationed herself by the door of the house to make sure the
    farming kids checked in with their names before they left.

    Farm kids were allowed to 'miss' role call as long as the head kid of their house had their names and knew where they were. This was mostly because the crop farmers, not including gardeners since they worked in the green house, had to water the crops before the sun too high and the animal farmers needed to let the animals out to graze and feed the chickens.

    POV: Isaac
    Time: 5:07 AM, Tuesday, 12 April
    Location: House #5 Kitchen
    Outfit, Form

    It was Isaac's turn to help cook meals at the adult's house. He was making a large pan of 'loaded' scrambled eggs. He had sausage, bell peppers, onion, spinach, bacon, and tomatoes. Isaac, though he loved eating food, was not the best cook. Eggs were one of the few dishes he could make well that didn't come from a box. A couple of the other adults were working on the rest of breakfast which was biscuits and fruit today along with whatever drink you wanted.

    The adult house had a smaller budget than the student's house not only because it was smaller, but also because adults were expected to bring a lot of their own things. It was like a giant communal potluck situation. Whenever it was your turn to be a night staffer you'd bring food for everyone to use. Most of the time it was pretty simple like picking up eggs or milk at the store, but some people would make dishes at home and bring them. All the staff loved those people because it meant less cooking for them.

    Isaac dumped the eggs into a dish and sat them on the counter for the staff to take, next to it was a small bowl of cheese to sprinkle on top of your eggs if you wanted. He started to clean his dishes up quickly so he could get his food and finish perfecting todays lesson plans. Isaac's job involved a lot of multitasking. Some of his students were in normal classrooms and he would just round on them to make sure they were behaving properly and doing well others were in his own classroom where he would be teaching at many different levels. He always had at least one upper class-man working a teacher's aide to help him manage.

    "Good morning, sunshines!" he called to some staff members just walking in to grab food.

    #2 Charlie Vasilyev, Mar 16, 2016
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  2. Jezebel Florissa Wagner
    ϟ Jez/Jezi ϟ 22 ~ Oct.28 ϟ English Teacher ϟ General Supervisor ϟ Language Club ϟ 5-2 ~ ? ϟ SO ~ None ϟ
    ϟ Form ϟ Ensemble ϟ
    ϟ Location ~ Kitchen ϟ
    Mentioned ~ WIP ϟ
    Interactions ~ Isaac ϟ

    As she wandered out of her room, Jezebel smiled sleepil over at Isaac, one of the other teachers, who was greeting everyone. "Morning Isaac" she said lightly, reaching into the cupboard for a bowl before taking a cardboard box of cornflakes cereal and 1% milk and tossing them together. Replacing the box and the milk when she was finished, Jez grabbed a glass of orange juice and sat down at the kitchen island, eating her breakfast and making small talk with the other faculty members

    Kyle James Knicll
    ϟ Ky ϟ 16 ~ Sept.1 ϟ 10th Grade ϟ Rugby ϟ Swimming ϟ Locker Cleaning ϟ Carpentry/Mechanics ϟ 4-5 ~ ?,?,? ϟ SO ~ None ϟ
    ϟ Form ϟ Ensemble ϟ
    ϟ Location ~ WIP ϟ
    Mentioned ~ WIP ϟ
    Interactions ~ WIP ϟ

    Finally meandering out of bed and tugging on some clothing, late as usual, Ky simply walked out past the kitchen and out of the house, grabbing a pear and a bottle of water as he went. He hated mornings and was never really functional during that time of day. Wandering around the grounds, Kyle couldn't be bothered to stay in the house until after role-call. it was boring.

    Madison Noelle Jameson
    ϟ Mad/Madi ϟ 13 ~ Jun.11 ϟ 7th Grade ϟ Art Club ϟ Soccer ϟ Rugby ϟ Swimming ϟ Capture the Flag ϟ Breakfast/Dinner ϟ Carpentry/Art ϟ 3-1 ~ ?,?,? ϟ SO ~ None ϟ
    ϟ Form ϟ Ensemble ϟ
    ϟ Location ~ WIP ϟ
    Mentioned ~ WIP ϟ
    Interactions ~ WIP ϟ

    Madison had barely woken in time to prep breakfast ... and she wouldn't have woken until much later if it wasn't for her goody-two-shoes sister sneaking over to the house and waking her before heading back to her own. Sighing as she lumped another scoop of grits into one of the other students bowls she pointed to the eggs and and sausage on the gridle hissing a murmured "help yourself" before filling a cup with coffee and walking away. She hated her chores and she hated this school.

    Logan Hunter Jackson
    ϟ Seaweed/Seaweed Brain ϟ 14 ~ Jul.4 ϟ 9th Grade ϟ Music Club ϟ Swimming ϟ Capture the Flag ϟ Laundry ϟ Animals ϟ 2-3 ~ ?,?,? ϟ SO ~ None ϟ
    ϟ Form ϟ Ensemble ϟ
    ϟ Location ~ WIP ϟ
    Mentioned ~ WIP ϟ
    Interactions ~ WIP ϟ

    Logan was not exactly a morning bird... but at the same time, once he was up, well he was up. As he wandered down the hall of house two the teen grabbed an english muffin with an egg, cheese and bacon on it along with a glass of chocolate milk and his medication that supposedly helped him to focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand. As he ate his breakfast, Logan found himself increasingly more and more bored as he flipped through the channels on the tv.
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