Before the school year ended, students in Jessica Lazzari’s kindergarten class at Windsor Elementary School and Jacki Hay-Vitcenda’s second grade class at Eagle Point Elmentary School had the opportunity to visit their adopt-a-class partners at Essential Family Vision. Throughout the year, Dr. Stephanie McCaig worked with Mrs. Lazzari’s class, and Dr. Trixie Eakin partnered with Mrs. Hay-Vitcenda’s class.
The doctors participated in many activities with students throughout the year that best fit the curriculum and focus of the business or organization. Then, at the end of the school year, students traveled to the business to see first-hand what they had learned about all year long.
Each year teachers and local business people, representing 20 elementary school classrooms, participate in the district’s Adopt-a-Class program. The program started in the DeForest Area School District in 1997. According to Debbie Brewster, Coordinator of School/Community Relations, “the program provides an opportunity for local businesses to develop a long-term relationship with students. The teacher and business person work together to provide students with an insight into future careers, learn appropriate work ethics, and apply school work to the world outside of the classroom.” At the end of each year, students are invited to visit the business.
For more information about the program, visit the school district website at: http://www.deforestschools.org – Community – Partnerships, or contact Debbie Brewster in the Office of School/Community Relations at (608) 842-6581.