Recent Parkholme School grad, Rebecca White, has come a long way since she first joined Parkholme School's satellite Transition Program, located at Central Park Secondary School. Now known for her friendly, outgoing nature, Rebecca uses a single word to describe her school experience—"happy."
"When Rebecca first joined our class, she was a little bit shy," says Rebecca's teacher, Lori Russell, "but as she became comfortable with the program, she blossomed."
These nerves aren't uncommon for Transition Program students, says Russell. The program is designed to help students with special education needs transition into the community after they graduate by providing them with valuable work experiences and functional life skills.
"This foundation is very important, so they aren't just going out after they graduate without any experience or background," says Russell.
"They've had two years where they've had very concentrated learning and lessons on how to conduct themselves as a valuable, independent member of society."
With a strong sense of pride, Rebecca shares her portfolio of experiences she's gained during her time in the Transition Program, which includes a resume and glowing reference letters from her work experiences with the Region of Peel, Brampton Animal Shelter and Party City.
Now that she has graduated, Rebecca has a busy schedule ahead of her. She plans to volunteer a couple days a week at a local laundromat and continue her volunteer work at the Brampton Animal Shelter, walking and playing with the animals. She also hopes to get a job with her mother, helping packaging and moving boxes.
"She's grown from being a shy, nervous young lady, to being a very outgoing, interactive, responsible worker." With a smile, Russell adds, "She's the best."
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