Job Coach at Susquenita School District
For the past four years I have been bringing students to the Arc for the Horticulture and Cooking Classes. While the first year may have been virtual, we were able to overcome technical difficulties and show the students real life skills that they have enjoyed.
Being able to see students who have come multiple years and grow their confidence in the garden and kitchen to be able to take that into their homes and potential work experiences has changed them and myself forever. One student is so proud that he learned how to make scones, that to this day still talks about it and has even made them at home.
While Susquenita does offer cooking classes, it is not set up to handle the special needs and smaller capacity these students need to be safe. Here they are in a small group that is large enough to get some level of independence but still large enough to get an adult to step in when needed. The students love coming in on Wednesdays and it really is their favorite part of the week.
The classes are a huge access to these students’ development and growth as people. With the continued support of donations and grants I get to see these students make things they enjoy and have a lasting impression on them.