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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Community Vocational Leadership Program at two regional schools

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  • WESTFALL TWP. - On Tuesday, May 27th Delaware Valley High School will host a program celebration titled ‘On Our Way’ a presentation to approximately 40 Junior and Senior students from the Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack Area High Schools who have participated in the Community Vocational Leadership  Program (CVLPTM) during the 2013-2014 school year.
    The CVLPTM program was facilitated by the Human Resources Center, Inc. at the two high schools over the last year and is designed for students with disabilities to learn how to develop job skills, self-advocate and attain employment based on their abilities.
    The day’s presentation will feature Ed Raarup and Lindsay Nery, respectively, author and Illustrator of the book, Fireflies and Shooting Stars, discussing with students what is involved in a writing, graphics, or illustrating career. Additionally, Raarup and Nery will make a special book presentation to approximately 100 students of the 5th grade class at the school.  Fireflies and Shooting Stars is a book that is an artful and musical tale about Enzo, a little firefly who faces the challenges of being different. In search of his greatest wish, Enzo’s adventures take him on a wondrous and fantastical journey–– a starlit, magical ride of courage, truth and hope for children of all ages!
    “It’s been a great year of working with the schools and the students,” says Victoria Mavis, the Director of Community Integrated Employment who facilitates the CVLPTM program for the school. “The teachers and the students have worked hard this year to connect with the community. In turn, the employers have been very generous to open their doors for students to learn more about various careers. We have already seen a few of these connections lead to summer job offers for students.”
    Mavis says, “We called this celebration ‘On our way’ as it signifies a time for students to move into the next phase of their life—those who are graduating this year to complete the program and pursue either college or getting a job, and those who are juniors to shift into their senior year of high school. Ed and Lindsay’s presentation is a crowning moment for the event as it gives hope to those young children, as well as high school students, who are different--of the quality of life they can have as they become respected for who they are. As we prepare for next year’s program, we expect even more promising results as we continue our outreach within the school and the surrounding community.”

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