The focus of the Springboard Program is to provide students with the skills necessary to integrate into the community. Students in the program enhance their ADL skills, levels of independence and coping strategies. These skills are learned in the supportive, structured learning environment, which Springboard provides. Work opportunities include settings such as Marshalls, HomeGoods, TJMaxx, where students work in the stock room. Van Saun Park, students do landscaping work. Fairleigh Dickinson University, students prepare cooking trays and do janitorial work. At the Fiesta students prepare the tables for upcoming festivities. In these work settings, our students practice their functional skills that enhance their opportunities for success in their future endeavors.
Of course, the program is tailored for each student to insure that the IEP goals are addressed. Each student’s program is reviewed on a regular basis, which consists of the teacher, the case manager, the nurse and the Principal.
Ms. Gentile’s Middle School class traveled to the Englewood Boat Basin for a fun day of fishing! The local fisherman from the Hudson Valley Fishing Association greeted us with smiles! The kind fishermen eagerly mentored our students and staff!
We learned how to hold a fishing pole, bait a hook with worms, cast a line, reel in a fish and unhook our catch. We learned safety skills. For example, before casting a line, we had to look to make sure our friends were not in the way because the hooks are very sharp. Our class learned fishing takes time and a lot of patience!
Our classmate, Ava was the first one to catch a fish. She was so happy and proud!! We caught two fish that day and released them back into the river. It was a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful, sunny day!
We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park, and we also learned that Mr. Scott is afraid of bees J!!
We thank Mr. Mortorano, Mr. Rick, Mr. Scott and the Fisherman Club for a great experience along the Hudson River!