Each month a different student, class or student group volunteers to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for presentation at the start of our Board of Education meetings, allowing us to highlight the wide range of programs and the students themselves as part of our Board's proceedings. For our March meeting, we think Allison Waskiewicz, who teaches the Communication and Academic Development, Alternately Assessed, High school program at Valhalla Center on the Career Services campus.
"There is a focus on life skills within the program," Ms. Waskiewicz says. "The students in this program continue to work on communication and socialization skills. Many of the students within the class attend ICTE class in the morning hours. Some of my students work within the Work-Based Learning Program at Party City in Greenburgh each Friday. One of the awesome things we do in this class is each week we create a step-by-step procedure to be able to complete a recipe. Each step is broken down into small pieces so that all students can understand the steps they are completing. Once they have typed out their recipe each week, we go to the home living unit and complete the recipe. Students have an opportunity to use new skills in the kitchen and taste different foods each week. The students all enjoy the process and the products that they create."
Thank you Ms. Waskiewicz and your students for providing our Pledge of Allegiance this month and for inviting us into your classroom to learn about the important work you are doing with your students!