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School program gives Central students new opportunity

A new program at Central High School is helping special needs students learn valuable skills for future career opportunities.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 9:10 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)— A new program at Central High School is helping special needs students learn valuable skills for future career opportunities. 

"It's the first day of work, you just go in and go out," Freshman Dashauna Jackson said.

Jackson started working for Central's Mail Delivery Service Monday—the job readiness mail program for Special Education students is the first of its kind in the district. 

"Employment is the end game for all of our students regardless of where they are," Special Education teacher Ashley Stanton said. 

Stanton is one of the teachers who came up with the job opportunity. 

"Ms. Stanton—she's awesome and cool she always makes me smile," Jackson said. "It's awesome to see her face every day."

"Checking teachers mail is just one small thing we can do to help teachers," Stanton said. "They dont have a lot of time to make it to the mailbox, so it's a great way to practice our job skills."

Students had to collect mail from the office, travel the most effecient route to each classroom, and deliver the mail without interrupting. 

"We did a great job," Sophomore Christopher Pierpoint said.

"Anytime you can introduce something in a kid's environment where they are going to do well, it's important," Stanton said. 

There are 26 students enrolled in the program. 

Stanton said she hopes to extend the program to other schools in the St. Joseph School District. 

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