Grand County is fortunate to have transition program |

Grand County is fortunate to have transition program

To the Editor:

In rural Grand County it can seem that resources are limited for those with special needs. However, this is not the experience for students enrolled in the East Grand School Transition Program.

This program provides services for students who are 18-21 years of age and need extra support beyond high school to gain skills in daily living, vocational and community training. The ultimate goal for these students is to see them live productive lives where they can contribute to their communities and reach their fullest potential.

We, the staff of the East Grand School Transition Program, would like to extend our warmest appreciation to the businesses and individual community members who share this vision for the young adults. These community members have taken the time to build working relationships and rapport with the young adult. The following businesses have been instrumental in making this program a success. Our most heartfelt thanks to:

Bill Chambers ” mentor;

Kris and the staff @ the Colorado Division of Wildlife;

Lisa @ Colorado Workforce Center;

Cheryl and Molly with the Dog Assisted Therapy;

Cheryl, Mollie and Darcie @ East Grand Middle School;

Dan and Mike @ the East Grand School Transportation Department;

Tom and Shiela @ Gateway Inn;

Lynn and Sue @ Grand County Libraries;

Phil @ Grand County Council on Aging;

The staff @ Granby U.S. Post Office;

Ian and M.J. @ Ian’s Mountain Bakery;

Wade @ Rocky Mountain Roastery;

Joan @ Miyauchi’s Snack Bar;

Ashley and Paul @ National Sports Center for the Disabled;

Jamie @ Winter Park Athletic Club.

Additionally, we would like to extend a very special thank you to St. John’s Episcopal Church and Pastor Spencer Carr for their continued support in giving the Transition Program a “home.” Having a place to house the program allows the students to be in the community, a critical component for the shift in school services once a young adult has gone through their graduation.

Grand County is truly an example that gives meaning to the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child”. A huge thanks to all who have supported this valuable program.

Elaine Dieterle

Linda Finnegan

Debra Hoyhtya

Mindy Bridge

Vicki Simpson

Terez West

Jenny Weber

Jan Robar

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