Special education classroom at Va. Beach school gets $100K makeover


(DON) SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS IN VIRGINIA BEACH ARE STARTING OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES. OVER THE SUMMER, PEMBROKE ELEMENTARY’S SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM GOT A $100-THOUSAND DOLLAR MAKEOVER. WHAT IT CAN TEACH KIDS, IS PRICELESS. OUR STEPHANIE HARRIS SHOWS US IN HER BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL REPORT. STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE CITY WITH VARIOUS DISABILITIES COME TO PEMBROKE ELEMENTARY TO LEARN. THEIR LESSONS INCLUDE DAILY LIVING SKILLS LIKE USING A FORK AND SPOON AND BRUSHING THEIR TEETH. BUT THEY WERE LIMITED IN THEIR OLD CLASSROOM — NOW WELL – JUST WATCH TEACHER: “HI CHASE! WELCOME, LOOK AT OUR NEW ROOM ” : WAIT, FIRST, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE OLD CLASSROOM. THIS IS WHERE STUDENTS CAME TO LEARN HOW TO COOK AND OTHER LIFE SKILLS. NOT USER FRIENDLY — OR PRETTY. DRILL NATS ENTER THE DREAM TEAM OF FIRST ATLANTIC RESTORATION AND HOME DEPOT. KATHY GALLUP/HOME DEPOT “TWO OF OUR CORPS VALUES ARE GIVING BACK AND DOING POPS OF NATS WORKING) NOW THIS STATE OF THE ART KITCHEN WILL TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF STUDENTS LIKE 6 YEAR OLD CHASE YOSHIDA. “LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS” JUST WATCH HER MOMS REACTION. , IT’S REALLY AWESOME — WOW ITS ALL WHEEL CHAIR ACCESIBLE – JUST LOOK AT WHAT CHASE CAN DO ALL BY HERSELF. 10:01;36 PUSHES BUTTON –“OH OH” 37 10:02:18 CLOSE UP OF MIXER YAY -:20 10:01:42 CAN YOU PUSH IT AGAIN- YES GOOD JOB IS THAT CHASE DOING THAT? :46 IN THE NEXT ROOM JESSICA ARNOLD /INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES TEACHER 9:48:52 WE’RE GOING TO PRACTICE HANGING UP CLOTHES FOLDING TOWELS, WE HAVE A FLODING TABLE OVER THERE :56 THEY’LL ALSO LEARN TO MAKE A BED AND BRUSH “IT JUST MAKES THEM HAPPY THAT THEY CAN HAVE THAT INDEPENDENCE LIKE , THEY DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO RELY ON SOMEONE :19 SEE HOW PROUD CHASE IS. “SHE’S REACHING– OH WE’RE EXCITED NOW!” AND HER MOM IS OVER THE MOON. CHRISTINA YOSHIDA/MOM 9:37:47 I’M A GOOD ONE FOR CRYING :49 SHE’S GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN. KATHY GALLUP/HOME DEPOT “FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO PART IN IT YOU KNOW WHAT, ITS AWESOME.” THE ABILITY TO PRACTICE THESE LIFE SKILLS REGULARLY IS REALLY KEY TO MASTERING THEM AND IN SETTING THE WHEELS IN MOTION FOR SOME OF THESE STUDENTS TO GAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND A JOB IN THE FUTURE. STEPHANIE HARRIS 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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