METUCHEN — On April 24, Metuchen High School’s Student Outreach club visited Lakeview School in Roosevelt Park. Metuchen High School students read books to first through tenth graders and learned about children who have Cerebral Palsy.
Judi Alfano, Lakeview’s Supervisor of Curriculum, joined Student Outreach for a meeting prior to the field trip to teach them about Cerebral Palsy and the assistive devices students at Lakeview use. Alfano showed students what it might be like to be unable to communicate verbally. Outreach students did activities where they communicated to their partners using assistive technology ranging from simple laminated speech cards to computer based devices.
Alfano also demonstrated different braces for supporting students’ legs, devices that aid students when they are practicing walking, and other items that make it easier for students to be independent when eating. She also showed students games and toys that Lakeview students play, which include all students despite their disability.
Student Outreach members learned a lot and were able to make a connection with the students as they shared some good books, according to Sarah Karger, a teacher of Special Education at Metuchen High School. “We would like to thank all of the staff at Lakeview who hosted us and Metuchen School District for continuing to support our club,” she added.
(Photos courtesy of Lakeview School and Metuchen Public Schools)