My students need supplies like oven mitts, aprons, ingredients, baggies, and labels to make dog biscuits to sell to the community. Proceeds from dog biscuit sales are used to buy Special Olympics uniforms.
I have the pleasure of teaching a diverse group of high school students with severe intellectual disabilities, autism, and cognitive delays. My students range in age from 14 to 21 and are sweet as can be! Our Midwest, urban public school serves an ethnically diverse community of students, 42.3% of whom come from low income households. Of the 718 students at our school, 190 students receive special education services. Seventy-two of these diverse learners are part of a Special Education Cluster Program that focuses on teaching students independent living and work-related skills.
We are lucky to provide our Cluster Program students with unique educational experiences, thanks to the fact that our school is also a working farm.
Students have the opportunity to work with animals like horses, chickens, and pigs, as well as work in our greenhouse and crop fields. Within my classroom, I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment that helps students participate in their education to the best of their abilities.
Our classroom is in need of baking, packaging, cleaning, and marketing supplies, that will help students with special needs continue their classroom business, "Dog Gone Delights." Students work together to bake, package, and sell dog treats to members of our community. Students are in dire need of aprons and laundry detergent because baking is messy business! We need oven mitts to keep our hands safe, bouillon cubes to make the treats tasty, and scales to measure out the treats once they're baked. Baggies, ribbon, labels, and laminating sheets will make the students' product really pop! Students will store finished Dog Gone Delights in the plastic bins until they're ready to be sold.
Because of their disabilities, my students often hear, "You can't;" but this business shows them, and the world, that "THEY CAN!"
The students love making Dog Gone Delights because there is a job for everyone, regardless of ability level. Students mix the dough with their hands, use rolling pins and cookie cutters to cut out shapes, bake the treats in the oven, and package them for sale. It is truly amazing to watch the students work together to make a product they're proud of.
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