The Watson Institute Education Center Sewickley strives to provide learning opportunities for students with special needs to develop important life skills and pre-vocational skills that will help their special education transition post-graduation. In addition to these important life skills, is the opportunity for students at the special education school to learn about giving back to their community.
For the past six years, the Education Center Sewickley has implemented an annual holiday project in which students with special needs at the school design holiday cards which are sold as an annual fundraiser.
Special Education Students Develop Life Skills & Pre-Vocational Skills
Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to purchase holiday gifts for children experiencing homelessness in local shelters run by the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF). The experience of shopping for the holiday gifts provides an important life skills development opportunity for special education students by teaching them pre-vocational skills. Students are encouraged to pick out the holiday gifts, some using adaptive equipment such as special education communication devices to indicate their preferences in the store.
Are you interested in supporting this good cause by purchasing holiday cards designed by Watson Institute Education Center Sewickley students?
Cards will be sold through Friday, December 2, 2016 for $10 per pack of 10 holiday cards. Interested buyers should complete the order form and mail with cash or a check made payable to the Watson Institute.
Cards can be picked up for free at the Watson Institute Education Center Sewickley or mailed for an additional $5 shipping fee. Please indicate your preference on your order form.
Orders should be mailed to:
Attn: Holiday Card Sale
The Watson Institute
301 Camp Meeting Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
Last year the Holiday Card sale enabled special education students and the special education staff at the Watson Institute to purchase 90 gifts for children at the local HCEF shelters.
Check back in a few weeks to learn more about the students’ participation in packing the printed cards, delivering them internally to buyers at the Education Center Sewickley, and their shopping experience to purchase the holiday gifts for the children.