New classes spring up for adults

Chickens and organization among options
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer School for Adults is rolling out its spring classes. The hands-on learning experiences feature courses across the spectrum — from raising baby chickens to home organization. The Don’t Be a Chicken, Raise a Chicken class was so popular the school decided to bring it back, according to Principal Judy McCoy. “That class filled faster than anything else we had,” McCoy said. “We started another section. We are going to have a partnership with the woodworking class. They are going to make a sample chicken tractor. The woodworking class and the agriculture class at Placer High are going to make this a project this spring.” McCoy said the school focuses on bringing unique course options for students that they may not have seen anywhere else. “Our role is to open windows to things to do that people may not have tried before,” McCoy said. “It’s not like people are making a really big commitment.” For adults interested in job training, earning their high school diploma or GED, those options are there, too. Others, like Karen Poeschel’s students, want to learn how and when to keep their heirlooms. Poeschel teaches the Heirlooms, Keepsakes and Personal Belongings class. She said sometimes it is just as important to be able to part with items that have lost their significance, than to preserve them. “Some people have a hard time letting go of things,” Poeschel said. “If you go way back, maybe the person hated it. A lot of tastes have changed. Some people have so much clutter it prevents them from having people over.” Poeschel said when there are items of significance it is important to document the item’s history and what the original owner loved about it. “If it is something you are interested in keeping, you should document it,” Poeschel said. “It becomes more valuable to somebody else because understand the story behind it.” Poeschel said people’s clutter can range from minimal to hoarding. “There are various degrees of hoarding,” Poeschel said. “The show kind of shows the dirty part — the dead animals. I admit I have found one.” Shelly Fletcher teaches the Let’s Get Organized! Class. She said one pitfall many of her students fall into is rushing out to buy storage bins before even beginning to de-clutter. “Start small and scan the area that you truly want to work on and look at all the things that shouldn’t be there that belong somewhere else,” Fletcher said. “Make a list of them and get them out of that space.” On average, Fletcher said if done with organizational principles in mind, people should expect to spend a day de-cluttering and reorganizing a closet and a week or longer on a garage. “It takes longer to do, but it’s more long lasting,” Fletcher said. For inexpensive organization she recommends plastic containers and freezer bags as storage. In her course, she teaches students how to make decisions about what to keep and the best process for organizing. That includes the principals professional organizers use to help their clients simplify their spaces. McCoy said whether someone wants to take an art, career or technology course, continuing to learn into adulthood is what is most important. “We all as adults want to learn,” McCoy said. “We are challenged by learning and we enjoy learning when it’s fun.” Reach Sara Seyydin at