High School students from Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES’ Tech Center traded in their usual tools of the trade for crayons, markers, stickers and glue sticks, as they visited classrooms at BOCES’ Pines Bridge School, helping students make Valentine’s Day craft projects. The students are part of Skills USA, a leadership club at the Tech Center that meets throughout the year and engages in a variety of community service projects.
The Pines Bridge program, located at BOCES’ Yorktown campus, serves students between the ages of 5 and 21 who have multiple disabilities. The dozen or so Tech Center students who visited on Thursday morning were split into smaller groups and sent out to visit a number of different classrooms.
Four Tech Center cosmetology students gathered around a table in Melanie Burch’s class of third to sixth grade students, unloading bags of craft items and bringing smiles to the young students. “This is something we felt would be nice to do,” said Alanna McSherry, a Carmel High School junior. “I really enjoy helping kids and this kind of project just makes you feel good,” she added.
As Ms. Burch moved around the table showing the Tech Center students how to best assist the younger students, she said, “It’s very nice to have visitors here and we always welcome it.” Although most of her young students are non-verbal, the excitement in the air made it clear that they agreed.
Photos courtesy Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES