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KVO and CBOT would like to give a special thanks to the One Stop Coney Shop of Grand Rapids for their generous donation to our First Place 1 and First Place 2 classrooms. Located at154 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, it sits diagonal from these classrooms and is a favorite lunch spot of students as well as staff.
“The food is great and we sure are happy to have them as neighbors. Chocolate milkshakes and grilled cheese – YUM,” says Liz Darooge, an instructional staff in the First Place 2 classroom.
The One Stop Coney Shop periodically chooses specific non-profits to donate to and recently chose these two classrooms after becoming familiar with them as they frequented their establishment. First Place 1 and 2 are just two of the classrooms that serve students eligible for special education services in Kent County. This Kent Intermediate School District’s center-based program offers a continuum of supported instruction for students ages 17 to 26 focusing on adult daily living skills, community participation skills, functional academics and vocational training. The main campus, located at 864 Crahen Road, is just one part of this program which serves over 200 students. Other locations include Rogers Plaza, Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center, Hillcrest School, Beckwith School, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Faith Lutheran Church, East Congregational Church and The First Place building. In these community locations students are able to utilize the RAPID bus system to learn community mobility skills, access a variety of job training sites and learn about community resources and services available to them as they become as independent as possible and contributing members of society.
“We are very grateful for their contribution. It has gone a long way in supporting our needs in the establishment of our micro-industry, 'Soaring Industries,' a project that uses recycled and repurposed products and materials to teach business skills, money management and various job skills. This allows my students to experience multiple aspects of production, retail and marketing,” says Denise Bulgarella, a teacher in the First Place 1 classroom.
Thank you On Stop Cone Shop for helping make this program possible.
Our mission, in partnership with our community, is to provide instruction and opportunities designed to maximize the abilities of our students to live as purposefully and independently as possible