West­wood Jr. see­king wa­sher, dryer set for spe­cial needs pro­gram

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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.

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