FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2019
Contact: Jason Hogue, Director of Marketing Communications, 402-872-2429
Peru, Nebraska – On November 26, special education students from local schools came together for the annual Career Challenge at Peru State College. The students with disabilities from sixth grade to age 21 spent weeks practicing for the event and were then given the opportunity to showcase their learned life skills with some friendly competition.
Booths were set up to challenge the students to test their life skills and complete everyday tasks, such as bagging groceries, stocking shelves and making beds. The event was facilitated by Peru State College students, rewarding the top three performers in each task with medals to recognize their accomplishments.
Danielle Desormeaux (Northboro, Iowa) writes, “My experience with volunteering at the Career Challenge was absolutely phenomenal! It was a real joy to see the students complete challenges across a wide spectrum and their own pride in accomplishing each of the tasks before them.”
“As a future educator, it really opened my eyes to possible challenges some of my students may face and how to provide some of the accommodations they need for those students to succeed in my classroom. Seeing the glee and joy upon the faces of the participants of everyone involved (but especially the winners of each event!) was an experience I will surely cherish. I encourage all education majors to participate in these types of events, even if just one!”
Approximately 40 Peru State teacher candidates volunteered for this event, facilitating each station, scoring competitors, providing assistance as needed, and celebrating student successes. When they were not competing, students were invited to participate in ten adaptive physical education activities directed by physical education majors and Dr. Frank Lynott, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation.
Six area schools participated in this event including ESU 4, Johnson County Central, HTRS, Falls City, Southern High School, and Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired.
Dr. Felicity Post, assistant professor of education, said “This event provides an opportunity for Peru State’s teacher candidates to work hands-on with students with disabilities and gain an appreciation and understanding of their unique sets of skills and culture.”
“Every year, I look forward to organizing this event as it is a celebration of abilities and a positive clash of cultures. I continue to be amazed by the hard work put forth by competitors and the passion with which they compete.”
This release was contributed to by Quentin Victor.