WoodRidge Transition Center / SpringBoard Program
While out in the community participating in Structured Learning Experiences, Springboard is engaged in practical skills that promote independence. The students are learning safety, personal and job related responsibilities, self –advocacy, and navigation of community surroundings. Students experience individual and group job tasks that emphasize teamwork. In the Independent Learning Lab Room, which was painted by Springboard, students learn independent living skills. Skills practiced include: washing, drying, folding, and making beds. Students participate in cooking skills during our weekly cooking classes. Springboard is responsible for the school shopping. They construct a shopping list and use it to retrieve and purchase items in the store. They pack the groceries and upon arrival to school, items are labeled and put away. We are continuing throughout our school year to promote independence and to practice the skills that will prepare them for future endeavors.
Bleshman Students worked together with PAL’s (Peers As Leaders) from Dumont HS for the 8th annual “Hats Off To Cancer” fundraiser. Students meet each year to create cards of well wishes which are attached to the lovely hats, scarves and gloves collected for Tomorrow’s Children at Hackensack University Medical Center. What a joy it was to watch, as both old and new friendships were forged between these two remarkable groups of students.