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Pottsboro High puts emphasis on practical skills

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There's a new curriculum for Pottsboro High School students. (KTEN) There's a new curriculum for Pottsboro High School students. (KTEN)
Pottsboro High School Principal Dr. Danielle Curry says she wants her students to be goal-oriented and focused on their futures. (KTEN) Pottsboro High School Principal Dr. Danielle Curry says she wants her students to be goal-oriented and focused on their futures. (KTEN)

POTTSBORO, Texas -- There's a new curriculum for Pottsboro High School students, and it goes far beyond the standard subjects.

Dr. Danielle Curry, beginning her tenure as the school's first-ever female principal, implemented the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens -- a book turned into reality.

"We'll do a book study together, and their teachers will facilitate different discussions about skills they need to be successful," Curry explained. "So that when they go out into the business world and work for these community members that have supported us for so long, that they're more prepared."

The program will focus on giving students social and emotional skills to be successful in the workplace; teaching them about time management and how to be goal-oriented and focused.

"There's more to just the school environment or to the work environment than just showing up and being present, and you have that innate ability within you to really contribute something great," Curry said.

Pottsboro High School will also host events giving business owners the opportunity to speak with students about their jobs. The school will also do its best to provide internship opportunities for students in different fields.

"We all share a similar challenge when hiring young people, and it's just that they don't have the social skills or the emotional intelligence to succeed in their jobs," said business owner and Parent-Teacher Organization president Staci Wright.

Pottsboro High School is looking for companies to sponsor  events for the new program.

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