Educators, community and family members, and friends applauded a group of students who have concluded their time receiving Post-High Transition Services.
These students received their final diploma from the Shawnee Mission School District during an exit ceremony on Friday, May 21, 2021.
At the podium, students expressed appreciation for what the program has done for them.
“Every single day I walk into school when I’m having a hard day, people make me laugh,” student Amanda Vahle reflected. “Thank you to the staff members who help me every single day.”
Vahle also thanked Jenni Willis, post-high special education teacher, for treating her like a daughter. Kaveh Reasco also served as a speaker, sharing words of thanks about his time receiving Transition Services.
Sherry Dumolien, special education director, spoke about how much the students have persevered and adapted in the unique year. Superintendent Dr. Mike Fulton presented the diploma to each student as Rick Atha, deputy superintendent, and Board of Education members offered congratulations. While students accepted their diploma, Debra Dupree, coordinator of secondary special education shared statements about each student including their interests, what makes them unique, and their goals.
The post-high program provides services for students who are ages 18-21 to help them live and work in the community after formal education. During the program, each student works on achieving individual goals. This includes community based activities like shopping at a store or going to the library. It also can include work experience and household management, independent living, social, and employment skills.