HIGHLAND | The Southridge Elementary School students hosted a Disability Fair on March 21. The Highland High School cadet teachers prepared and presented the event with the help of their Education Professions class teacher, Mrs. Brenda Richardson and Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative teachers Mrs. Michele Mach and Mr. Andrew Jurczak.
The cadet teachers including Candice Smith, Rachel Spiekhout, Anjelica Puentes, Bailey Toth, Kari Martindel and Lucy Rogel set up stations where the students in Kindergarten - grade 3 were put into situations to see how it feels to have a visual disability, a physical disability, a learning disability or fine motor problems. Students learned about people with these disabilities and to appreciate the unique gifts that these people have.
The students and teachers at Southridge enjoyed the Disability Fair. It was an event that connected the high school cadet teachers and the elementary school students; and it also connected general education with special education.
The cadet teacher are enrolled in the Education Profession class at Highland High School. They are the students who are considering a career in education. Cadet teaching provides them with the opportunity to experience working with the students every day. They also help the teachers with checking papers, and putting up bulletin boards. In addition to the teaching experience the cadet teachers do volunteer work and projects. They help at the fun fairs and attend a PTO meeting. Southridge School is lucky to have these dedicated high school students. They are a helpful resource to the students and teachers.