Schools come together for special education activities

Emily Wilson shows off a store clerk’s outfit to one of her new friends. Photo by Kacey Ginn

Learning to put your best foot forward is something we all have to do. But while it can be nerve-wracking to figure out how to dress and act in different social and work situations, with some practice (and maybe a little help), anyone can learn how to present themselves well. So learned a group of special education students from the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Eagle Grove High Schools last week.

On January 9, six special education students from Eagle Grove High School came to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows to meet and work with some C-G-D students during an activity session geared toward learning good professionalism and self-care habits, and ultimately to help them eventually move into the workforce.

The session was led by MacKenzie Hawley, a work-based learning specialist with Iowa Central Community College who has a grant-funded position to do special education activities with C-G-D, Eagle Grove, Webster City, and one other school. She tries to spend one day a week in each district. However, last week was the first time two of the groups had done an activity together.

“Connecting with people from other schools—getting that relationship with not just their community, I think it’s great,” Hawley said.


For the full story, see the January 18 edition of the Monitor.