So Others Might Eat (SOME) provides assistance and support to the poor and homeless in the nation’s capital. They rely on volunteers to provide breakfast and lunch to homeless people. Students at H.D. Woodson volunteered at SOME last week with their teacher, Mr. Sauls, to help prepare and serve meals to DC’s homeless. This event was part of the ongoing community based learning experiences offered to students at H.D. Woodson who participate in Mr. Sauls class.
A Woodson student washes his hands prior to prepping and serving food during lunch at SOME.
Woodson students serving meals during lunchtime at SOME.
The staff at Mamie D. Lee held a Career Fair for their high school students on May 17th. The theme of the career fair was Transitioning to Life: Employment and Post-secondary Education Options. High school students were able to visit multiple businesses, community partners, and agencies to assist them in finding employment and independent living resources in their community. The Career Fair had agency representation from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Montgomery Works Business Center, Full Circle Employment Solutions, Medical Transportation Management, Covenant House, Chartwells, National Children’s Center, TouchPoint Support Services, ARC of DC, St. John’s Community Services, and the DC Center for Independent Living.
Mamie D. Lee also hosted a Career Day for their elementary and middle school students. These students were able to tour a fire truck and meet with firefighters and EMTs. Students were also visited by DC Metropolitan Police. The students completed their day with a parade through school celebrating Career Day.
Mr. Sauls and Ms. Taylor-Murphy’s students at Woodson are participating in community service projects at the Refuge Temple Church, which is located just a couple of blocks from their school. The students visit the church weekly to perform tasks such as maintaining the grounds, beautifying the church, and stocking the food pantry. Mr. Sauls reports that: “It has been a great experience for the students.” The partnership between H.D. Woodson and Refuge Temple Church has been a successful endeavor and has provided the students an opportunity to give back to their community while gaining valuable skills that are transferable to future employment or work.
Teriana Cox, featured below with Ms. Teen DC, is a student at the Sharpe Health. She was recently selected as the Queen of the 2013 Prom Expo held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Teriana is an excellent student, who strives to gain experiences from around the city by attending every event possible regarding opportunities for students with disabilities. Teriana serves as a model student for self-advocacy, having been recently accepted as a participant for Virginia’s IAmDetermined Youth Summit. We are very excited by Teriana’s recent accomplishments, and wish her congratulations on a job well done!
Congratulations on a wonderful first week of school! In order to better support our staff this school year, the Transition Team has put together the DCPS Transition Manual. The DCPS Transition Manual is a tool that will assist you throughout the transition process. Click here to download a copy. If you are on a secure DCPS network and having trouble downloading these files, please try logging on to the DCPS intranet here in order to gain access.