Upon learning of the news that the school had won 2nd place from her video submission, Linda McDonald, school secretary, expressed her deep appreciation. In her video, she highlighted the success of the school’s Pathways to Independence program and noted the community’s caring support of hiring students with disabilities. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that they won second place,” said Glenn Suever, who sits on UCT’s board and is a member of Council 452. “We have supported the center through volunteering and this year helped them acquire a much-needed ramp for their stage. They have participated in our UCT safety poster contest for students with disabilities for many years, so it’s a win-win relationship.
Special Education Director Darrin Adair, Ed.S. stated that thanks to the financial support, plans are already in motion to add an additional classroom for students in the mildly cognitive program. He stated that, “we are really proud of our students,” and credited Julie Johnson—Pathway Program teacher—and her staff for much of the success. A formal presentation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Branch Area Careers Center in Coldwater, Michigan, in which both UCT and Waldron will be honored.
UCT is a fraternal benefit society driven by its members and their dedication to community service. The organization’s charitable efforts across North America are made possible through the sales of its insurance products. Helping individuals with special needs has been UCT’s top community service focus for nearly 60 years. Visit www.uct.org or follow UCT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UCTinAction.
The Video Contest included entries from the U.S. and Canadian and was aimed to benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The BISD Special Education Department extends a BIG thank you to UCT Council #452 and the Gives Back Contest.
You can view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3qTAN7JWmA