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EXCHANGE: Special education students learn life lessons

Katie Lantsberger gets to Columbia High School before 7 a.m. each day to brew coffee and roll a cart full of muffins, cookies and other treats down to the lobby.

The sophomore wants to be ready when other students and teachers walk in the door, seeking breakfast.

Katie waits on customers while keeping an eye on the hallway. When she sees Mr. Duguay arrive, she whips up a 50-cent cup of hot chocolate and delivers it to his classroom.

"It's fantastic," said Matt Duguay, who teaches social studies. "I'm getting spoiled. Katie always greets me with a smile. It's a great way to start the day."

Katie is a member of Flight Crew, a program for...