Transition-Center students help food and clothing bank

January 19, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Lauren Wise, Kelley Boehlke and Kelly Pitcher (front row from left) represent fellow Academy for Community Transition students to show the Safeway gift cards purchased for Issaquah Valley Community Services. Behind them are (from left) Akram Ghorishi and Kim Ortego, of the food bank, and Kathy Barron, Debbie Moore, Nancy Tauber and Kara Young, of the academy.By Greg Farrar.Lauren Wise, Kelley Boehlke and Kelly Pitcher (front row from left) represent fellow Academy for Community Transition students to show the Safeway gift cards purchased for Issaquah Valley Community Services. Behind them are (from left) Akram Ghorishi and Kim Ortego, of the food bank, and Kathy Barron, Debbie Moore, Nancy Tauber and Kara Young, of the academy. By Greg Farrar.

Students in the Issaquah School District’s Academy for Community Transition program reached out to help the community by donating their time and hard-earned money to Issaquah Valley Community Services.

The program is designed for students with special needs and developmental disabilities who are of high school age. Students learn career and life skills in the program through community-based volunteering and employment to help them move toward independent lifestyles.

“It was their way to give back to their community,” said Judy Co, an education assistant with the program. “We are proud of our students because they helped those in need in their community.”

Students helped the food and clothing bank onsite during the school day Dec. 8-16. But due to the weather, they couldn’t donate all of their items until Jan. 14.

They raised $180 in financial donations, with which they purchased $20 grocery store gift cards to donate to the food bank.

During the holiday season, the students also helped wrap gifts at Fred Meyer alongside several Tiger Mountain Community High School leadership students. Students there were able to interact with customers and other students in the district, Co said.

Students can participate in the program until they are 21.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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