Congressman Commends PLC Seniors for Work With Veterans
Congressman Frank LoBiondo, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and staunch supporter of military personnel, visited Pineland Learning Center and spoke with a group of high school seniors that serve as personal shoppers for local veterans as part of a structured learning experience. The Congressman learned about the program from an article in a local newspaper, and was so impressed that he contacted the school to arrange a meeting with the students. PLC students and staff met with Congressman LoBiondo and discussed the positive impact of the program on all involved.
During the visit, Congressman LoBiondo highlighted the importance of “deciding to make a difference” and commended the students for making a difference with local veterans. The Congressman also gave students advice for the future: “Don’t ever let someone tell you there’s something you can’t do or someone you can’t be because only you can hold yourself back.”
Twice a month, high school seniors from Pineland Learning Center meet residents from the local New Jersey Memorial Veteran’s home at an area retail store to assist them during their shopping trip. The students assist the veterans and their spouses with locating, transporting, and purchasing the items on their shopping lists. These bi-monthly shopping trips provide students with a structured learning experience designed to enhance their basic work readiness skills to ease their transition from the academic to work setting while simultaneously providing them with the opportunity to give back to the local community.
The personal shopping program is one of many structured learning experiences provided for students within the retail career exploration track of PLC transition programming. Additionally, students operate an on-campus school store, assist at the Inspira Network thrift shop, Twice Loved Treasures, and job shadow at area retail locations including Kohls and Marshalls. All of these activities allow students to explore career options while building vocational and social skills in real-world settings.
For more visit the article in the Daily Journal found here.
04/21/15 Pineland Learning Center Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness month and the entire school community at Pineland Learning Center has been busy with exciting activities to celebrate! This year, students and staff decided they wanted to get actively involved in helping those with Autism by raising funds to support NJ Autism’s Anthony E. Meyer Conference Scholarship Fund. Each scholarship of $250 helps to offset the costs of conference registration for parents and/or self-advocates that are experiencing financial hardships. To raise funds for this worthy cause, PLC students made and sold special puzzle piece chocolate pops to the school community. Thus far they have raised enough money for one scholarship and hope to raise enough for a second by the end of the month! Additionally, students and staff participated in local and national events including Bubbles for Autism and Light It Up Blue for Autism.
If you are interested in helping the cause, chocolate pops can be purchased in the main office through the end of April and cost $1.50 each for white or milk chocolate and $2.00 each for special Light It Up Blue pops.
04/01/2015 Pineland Students Shop with NJ Veterans
The Vineland Daily Journal recently published an article highlighting one of the exciting Structured Learning Experiences provided as part of our transition programming. Through a collaboration with the NJ Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ, our high school seniors have the opportunity to serve as “personal shoppers” for local Veterans.
If you are interested in learning more you can read the full article Here