Nebo School Dis­trict hon­ored by gov­er­nor’s com­mit­tee

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

The Gov­er­nor’s Com­mit­tee for Em­ploy­ment of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties re­cently sur­prised Nebo School Dis­trict with recog­ni­tion of be­ing an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple to pro­mote aware­ness, ad­vo­cate and em­power peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The award stated, “Your con­tri­bu­tions have made your com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live for all in­di­vid­u­als.”

Leah Lo­bato, di­rec­tor of the Gov­er­nor’s Com­mit­tee on Em­ploy­ment with Dis­abil­i­ties, and Shan­non Wil­liams, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher, made the pre­sen­ta­tion to Nebo Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen and Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor J. Lynn Jones, Nebo dis­trict’s Bridges Pro­gram and Stokes Mar­ket in Salem.

The nom­i­na­tion reads: “I would like to nom­i­nate Nebo School Dis­trict for their prepa­ra­tion and em­ploy­ment of peo­ple with sig­nif­i­cant dis­abil­i­ties. They cur­rently have pro­grams in place in sev­eral schools to help pre­pare stu­dents with var­i­ous types of dis­abil­i­ties for the work­place. They pre­pare them through class­room in­struc­tion, ca­reer guidance, self-de­ter­mi­na­tion train­ing, in­tern­ships in lo­cal busi­nesses and job shad­ow­ing. In ad­di­tion to this train­ing, Nebo School Dis­trict hires many of their grad­u­ates in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the dis­trict. Some of those ar­eas are: as teacher aides, bus tech­ni­cians, adult sweep­ers and lunch­room work­ers. This could not be done with­out the de­voted teach­ers and staff that pro­vide train­ing and sup­port to th­ese grad­u­ates. The teach­ers and co­or­di­na­tors of th­ese pro­grams are cur­rently work­ing on ex­pand­ing their pro­grams and part­ner­ships with other agen­cies to bet­ter sup­port their stu­dents. They are great ex­am­ples of preparing and em­ploy­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and a great as­set to the com­mu­nity.”

An­other pro­gram in Nebo School Dis­trict, Bridges, was also hon­ored. The nom­i­na­tion reads: “I would like to nom­i­nate the Bridges Tran­si­tion Unit of Nebo School Dis­trict for this award. There are cur­rently 35 stu­dents. Each and ev­ery one of th­ese stu­dents has an on-the-job train­ing site where they are learn­ing valu­able work skills. Sev­eral stu­dents have more than one site. When they are not at work, the Bridges staff is work­ing on life skills to make in­de­pen­dent liv­ing much eas­ier for stu­dents. Some of the life skills are cook­ing, dust­ing, vac­u­um­ing, wash­ing dishes, laun­dry, etc. There are seven tech­ni­cians and two teach­ers that are re­spon­si­ble for this amaz­ing pro­gram. Each day th­ese stu­dents ar­rive at school, get ready for the day, head to work re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, do daily chores and even plan, pre­pare, and cook their own lunches daily. Then they even clean up af­ter them­selves and end the day with ex­er­cise. Th­ese stu­dents be­come more and more in­de­pen­dent each and ev­ery day. The staff at Bridges raises the bar for th­ese stu­dents to as­pire to th­ese expectations. The love and com­pas­sion that is shown for th­ese stu­dents is amaz­ing. This year there are six stu­dents who are cur­rently em­ployed and re­ceiv­ing pay checks.”

Nebo hon­ored one of th­ese employees, Shane Fawson, just this month with the cus­tomer ser­vice-ori­ented PEAK Award for his pos­i­tive en­ergy and kind­ness as he works with the med­i­cal frag­ile unit in the dis­trict. Stokes Mar­ket in Salem was also hon­ored for hir­ing employees with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Gov­er­nor’s Com­mit­tee for Em­ploy­ment of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties re­cently rec­og­nized Nebo School Dis­trict for its ef­forts to help stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. Pic­tured are Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Teacher Shan­non Wil­liams, Nebo Dis­trict Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor J. Lynn Jones, Nebo Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen and Leah Lo­bato, di­rec­tor of the Gov­er­nor’s Com­mit­tee on Em­ploy­ment with Dis­abil­i­ties.

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