Chatham, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — We're highlighting outstanding programs across central Illinois as a part of our school pride. This week, we went to Glenwood High School to learn about their special education work-based program.
Students at Glenwood High School are learning real-world skills as a part of their special education work-based program. Some students are even placed in jobs within the community.
"We're big believers that college isn't for everybody, we focus on the work skills, focusing on just what they're gonna do post-high school, if they're not going to college," said Tristin Duffy.
Tristin Duffy, a teacher at Glenwood, said students make things, like notepads. They also partner with other general education students to bake cookies every week.
"All of the teachers are hands off, so we're in the area to help but it's very focused on like peer interactions which the kids miss out sometimes not being with their gen-ed peers all day," said Duffy.
This allow students to take their work out of the classroom.
"We've had a very big focus on having the kids have pride in what they do and we keep taking steps to get what they're doing out of the classroom to the building and to their other teachers," said Duffy.
The students love seeing people in the school carrying around the notepads or grabbing some cookies at lunch.
"It's pretty fun and I like doing notepads and like working with my teacher Ms. Duffy. She's pretty nice and she's my number 1 teacher," said Holdyn Mumaw. a student.