Westwood Jr. seeking washer, dryer set for special needs program
As many as 15 special needs students from Westwood Jr. High School in Saint-Lazare will be able to learn valuable life skills if the school can locate a free washer and dryer set.
Resource teacherMolly Isherwood, who works with students with autism or other developmental disorders, is trying to set up a Life Skills roomatWestwood Jr.
"All big high schools have rooms set up to help teach kids with special needs valuable life skills," she said. And though Westwood’s junior campus was not built with such a dedicated room, they’re willing to workwithwhat they have.
"So far, we have a refrigerator, sink, stove and a microwave," Isherwood noted. Students learn to prepare basicmeals (thus far they’ve learned to make sandwiches), do dishes and other practical skills they’ll need to live independently or help at home.
"These are not studentswhowill graduate from high school and we’re trying to prepare them for life and semi-independent living."
She says students would be taught to wash, dry and fold their own clothing with a washer and dryer set. Other programs at the school have taught special needs students to work in the photocopy departments and with the school’s recycling program.
To donate a set to the school, call 514 798-4500 and ask forMolly Isherwood.