With diplomas, handshakes, and applause, the Shawnee Mission School District celebrated students who have completed their time in the Post-High Transition Services program.
During the ceremony, two students shared words of appreciation at the podium about their time in the program. Clayton Boese shared with ceremony attendees that it had been an honor being in Post-High. Shannon Cochren stated that she would miss the program next year.
The post-high program provides transition services for students who are ages 18-21 to help prepare them to live and work in the community. During the program, each student works on achieving individual goals. This can include community-based activities such as shopping at a store, working out at a gym, and going to the library. It also can include work experience opportunities, cooking, household management and budgeting skills in order to strengthen independent living, social, and employment skills.
Dr. Rick Atha, associate superintendent of organizational support, presented a diploma to the students, congratulating them on the completion of their time in the Shawnee Mission School District. Jackie Chatman, assistant director of special education, shared details about the strengths of each student honoree and his or her plans for the future.
Following the ceremony, students gathered with family members, friends, and staff members for a reception.