We had a great “Lunch and Learn” today with more than 40 folks here to talk with an attorney and a paralegal about establishing guardianship for adult children with disabilities. Thanks to all of you who came, to Sharon Russo for making the arrangements, to Angie Jenkins for setting everything up, to our PTA for paying the bills, and especially thanks to the people from Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough who met with us.

Spring IEP meetings are moving right along, and Linda Hill asked that I thank parents for the good attendance we have had at these meetings. I think we are about half way through, and the positive response from families has been greatly appreciated.

Classes were busy this week discussing topics such as “cars with no drivers”, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and Bryce Canyon National Park. Some groups read the book, The Best School Year Ever and younger students enjoyed hearing Brown Bear, Brown Bear. On Monday we had a visit from a puppy from the animal shelter, and Thursday teacher cadets from Berea High School toured our building. Also this week we had a tornado drill, followed by our March fire drill. We appreciate the good weather we have had that has allowed us to get students outside without it being too cold.

Our community training this week included visits to restaurants and stores, and the groups that went bowling on Thursday met student volunteers from Hillcrest High School who helped them improve their bowling skills. Next week, in addition to trips to restaurants and stores, we have students going to the Children’s Little Theater and ones visiting Krispy Kreme. Also, SIC will meet at 1 on Wednesday, and we will be going over this year’s school portfolio.

You may have noticed the trees that have come down on the property behind the school where the nature trail will be built. Those were all ones that didn’t survive last summer’s drought, so they presented a real hazard, and we still have an Oak tree on the playground that has died and they are working on taking down today. Plans for the trail are pretty much finalized, so we hope to have a contractor who will actually lay the trail on board soon.

We found out this week that three of our staff members, Carey Reichardt, Nardia Lloyd and Maxine Brown will be honored by our school board with the Miracle Worker award. This recognition is in honor of the quick responses each of these folks made to an emergency situation that occurred at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena last week. They are amazing ladies and we are most grateful to them.