News and Announcements
Our big event this week was the Valentine Pageant, complete with formal attire, red carpet, parents, guests from Eastside High School and Shannon Forest Christian School, and lots of dancing. I think it would be fair to say that a good time was had by all. Less dramatic, but perhaps equally important, was the visit that three of our classes made on Monday to Shephard’s Care Retirement Home. See More
Washington Center hosted the school’s annual Valentine’s Day pageant and dance. The event honors rising and graduating seniors, ages 18 to 21, with 26 participants in this year's program. See More
The link below is to a booklet and survey we would like you to send out to parents of students in your classes. The groups, Clemson and CAN, who put the survey together want to get a better idea about recreational options and needs for folks with disabilities in the Greenville area. The survey is open until the end of February.
Employee of the Week
Congratulations to Mr. Michael Broughton, our Employee of the Week for February 13-19! Mr.Mike is a paraprofessional at Washington Center in Mrs. Jennifer Ensley's class. Way to go Mr. Mike! See More
Students from Mrs. Mary Grace Orr, Ms. Emily Benton, and Ms. Rebecca Williams’ WashingtonCenter classes have been working very hard making Valentines for the residents at Shepard’s Care Assisted Living Center. The three classes have a fun CBE (Community-Based Experience) trip planned to visit the residents at Shepard’s Care. See More
We were thrilled on Tuesday to receive our check for $37,000 from the Margaret Linder Southern Endowment. That money will be used to update classroom technology, and we are very much looking forward to getting the new equipment into classrooms. Also this week, as a thank you for students’ participation in the SEC pen pal program, Bon Secour and their corporate sponsors have given us enough tickets and box seats for four of our classes to attend a SEC Tournament basketball game on March 1. See More
Remember that feeling of fear turning quickly to pride when you realized that your father was no longer holding onto the seat of your bike, and that you were actually riding on your own for the first time? For children with motor impairments, moments like these take a little longer to reach and sometimes are not possible without the support of specialized adaptive equipment. See More
Click here to read the story of Mrs. Southern. Washington Center was lucky enough to receive a grant from the Margaret Linder Southern Endowment Fund.
Washington Center classes have been participating in a pen pal program called “Timeout in the Community” with the women’s basketball teams from Vanderbilt and Texas A & M. Ms. Elizabeth Piper’s class recently received a letter and an autographed signed poster of the Vanderbilt Women’s basketball team from their pen pal. See More
Shopping at Target
Mrs. Nardia Lloyd’s Washington Center class enjoys going out into the community on Community Based Instruction trips. These trips allow students to practice skills learned in the classroom and apply them in the real world setting. See more
Congratulations to Mrs. Linda Thigpen for winning the Golden Apple Award! Click here to see the WYFF story
Don't forget you can still order from Cherrydale Farms online until May 30, 2017. All you have to do is go to the Cherrydale Farms website!
Washington Center is a separate school facility for students with severe/profound intellectual disabilities. Students are served on two specifically designed campuses. The younger children occupy a wing of Hollis Academy, renovated in 2011, with a capacity for 6 fully equipped classrooms. Older students attend the Betty Spencer Drive location, built in 2005, where there are 18 classrooms, as well as kitchens, greenhouse, gym, and media center. Additionally, at both locations there are therapy rooms, nurses' stations, administrative offices, multisensory suites and adapted playgrounds.
All students are served by classroom teachers as well as by instructors in the areas of Art, Music, PE, Daily Living, and Environmental Science. The staff also includes para-professionals, nurses, and therapists (occupational, physical, and speech).