(Ocean County) teachers Sue Gethard, Jane Hall, and Regina Balsys received a $3,388 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to implement their project, Between Friends. Working with the local chapter of the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC), students will incorporate the values advocated through character education in an educational and social setting within the ARC facility. The students will meet the ARC clients at a luncheon at the ARC center. The ARC clients have a contract with the telephone company and will show the students how to make “boards” that are used in the telephones. Students will share life experiences and participate in recreational and seasonal activities throughout the school year. At the end of the program, students will create a memories album to present to their ARC friends.
The goal is to foster respect and understanding for the developmentally-disabled population. By participating in daily activities of ARC clients, students will truly understand their needs and desires. Between Friends can bridge the gap between the unknown and the understood.
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