Friday, July 1, 2016

Good News Friday!

Today I’d like to share a couple of stories about some high schoolers who are taking time this summer to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

First, I’d like to give a shout out to the students from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque. As part of the Eldorado High Eagle Earth and Reality Project, the students came all the way up to Colorado and volunteered at Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) site in Longmont last month. Fifty students, along with teachers Allison Dunn and Sean Thomas, hosted art, sports, jewelry, and cupcake making stations. They also did a spiffy job cleaning the vehicles that CLS uses in delivering services and supports throughout the community.

Below are a few images captured throughout their day.

Not pictured is the amazing lunch that Project Reality grilled up. Many thanks to the EHS students and teachers for being there and making for such an enjoyable day!

Second, I’d like to share that last Friday, St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) Innovation Center students and Axel Reitzig, the Innovation Center’s Robotics & Computer Science Coordinator, took a tour of Imagine!’s Charles Family SmartHome.

The Innovation Center prepares SVVSD students for successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers by partnering with industry to provide real world work experiences. The Center’s mission is to match highly-skilled students with business, research and development opportunities, fostering analytical and problem-solving skills, encouraging entrepreneurial ambitions, and creating mentorships with experts in the STEM fields. What better place than our SmartHomes for students to learn first-hand how technology is changing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

One of the students told us after the tour: “I am extremely grateful for the awesome tour of the house, and I was astounded by the glimpse of the wonderful work you do for the community. It was truly an enlightening experience!”

Many thanks to Imagine! ambassador extraordinaire Leona Stoecker for arranging and helping to host the tour.

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