Great things are happening at Douglas Elementary School this year.  New programs to meet the needs of students are on the rise. Ann Marie Taylor, the Director of Exceptional Children, loves it when teachers are thinking outside the box. Mrs. Susie O’Neal’s Resource Social Skills class is participating in a job skills program with the additional instruction of Douglas Elementary Speech Pathologist, Angie Donwen and Teacher Aide April Watts.  Once a week, Harry Taylor and Kyvan Bibbs deliver the Edgefield Advertiser to each class.

While providing this service, the students develop key job skills, including communication skills, processing and executive functioning skills and counting and math skills. The program is expanding in a few weeks to include gardening job skills, a Breakfast Club Cart where students will deliver coffee and snacks to teachers and a recycling program where the students collect paper around the school for recycling. Mrs. Mark’s Social Skills group will also be joining the team in the future.

The students are thoroughly enjoying their additional responsibilities!  These programs offer opportunities to expand upon problem solving and critical thinking skills, and build work ethic and communication skills, empowering these students with what they will need to be successful in the future.

Students Kyvan Bibbs and Harry Taylor deliver newspapers under the supervision of April Watts and Angie Donwen.