Hendrick Hudson High School was named the 2020-2021 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School – the only high school in New York State to receive this honor for four consecutive years.
The Distinguished School designation recognizes schools that provide students with broad access to transformative learning opportunities through PLTW’s computer science, biomedical sciences and engineering programs.
“We are extremely proud of our ability to help students unlock their potential and prepare for life beyond the classroom, ”said the principal James Mackin.
Through PLTW programs, students develop sought-after knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, regardless of their career path. Students are empowered to engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, develop communication skills, and explore career opportunities.
With Covid Restrictions Limiting Community Work Opportunities For Hendrick Hudson High School MARINE* students this year, teacher Lauren Belle and occupational therapist Jessica van valkenburg, with their collaborative team, had to think outside the box.
The jewelry box, what.
The 18-21 year olds who make up the Sailor B class for students with special needs (there is an “A” class for the younger ones) have been busy creating, marketing and shipping bead bracelets since March, as part a distance learning internship with a Long Island-based company called The Spotlight project.
The Spotlight Project offers individuals with disabilities a creative platform and various employment opportunities through the production and sale of hand beaded bracelets. The company sells its bracelets online and exclusively employs people with intellectual or developmental disabilities as creative “makers”.
The students designed a special “Sailor Spirit” bracelet to represent the school and celebrate its 2021 graduates. The bracelet, made up of blue and white beads (the colors of the school) and an anchor charm, is currently on sale at thespotlightprojectco.com.
“Our students have worked hard to advertise, package and distribute these unique bracelets, specially designed for our school community,” said Belles.
In addition to creating the bracelets, the students perform quality control, package the finished products for shipping, and deliver the packages to the post office.
* SAILOR stands for Academic Independent Living Occupational Recreation