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Jan 5, 2010 2:22 AM

Woman teaches the importance of organization to local children

TUCSON - Tucson's "Organize with Ori" lady is taking a free program into local schools! One school at a time, Ori Parnaby is teaching area children how to help stay organized in their education, a skill, she says, will make them more productive and successful.

At Tucson Hebrew Academy, Parnaby sat dozens of 4th graders down for a hands on tutorial. They were locked in listen-mode, because they admit, they need to get their act together.

9-year-old Sapir Curiel wants to be a paramedic when she grows up. She tells Kristi's Kids, when it comes to the medical equipment in an ambulance, you "have to clean it, or sanitize it, and then put it back in the right place."

10-year old Max Silverman wants to be an inventor. For that, he says, "You gotta organize all your supplies because you can't go looking around for the wrench when you're doing this. It could affect you a lot."

At this rate, their teacher says, they have their work cut out for them. Chris Graves tells Kristi's Kids, the children "come in, they've done their homework, and they don't know where it is. They can't pass it in."

Enter Ori Parnaby. She's using a free program, from the National Association of Professional Organizers (or NAPO), to transform these little lives.

Ori says, "It helps them in school, it helps them in their homes, it helps them with time. It's a skill every kid can learn and it helps them throughout their lives."

She also says, there's no "right" way to learn. "Every kid is going to organize the items I give to them in a different way and that's okay."

Graves says, "Here at this school, we're getting kids ready for middle school next year so we work really hard in 4th grade. It's perfect, but you need to start it pretty early, I think."

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