Our Adult Education Day Program
On December 23, 2003, we moved from a small office to our own facility leased to us by a local Christian business man. Our purpose was to provide programs for children and young adults challenged by a disability. To create for them a place within the community that would grant them the opportunity to become independent as possible and fulfill their dreams of achievements.
We immediately began the “Proclaiming our Potential” day program with three students from Roosevelt Academy. Our goals were to continue their education through home living skills, simple office duties and research of their own possible potential. With any young organization the Executive Director, wore many hats. Through her encouragement the students grew in knowledge and social skills. For these three seniors one went on to employment through her school, and another one sought placement closer to her home which was 30 miles away. One of those students, Jacquelyn Florea, stills works at Circle and has shown remarkable growth in social, academic and self esteem through our POP program.
By late spring of 2004, Sharon Pugh was hired as our Activities Director and began the search for volunteer teachers. Evelyn Erickson, a local retired artist, began teaching an arts and crafts class and by this time Jacquelynn had two new friends, Melissa and Joyette.
Within a matter of weeks Ms Evelyn had recruited two other teachers who broke off and started another class with academics, socialization and music. Ms Johanna Quinlan, Ms. Louise Rogers and friend Johnny Powell started our second class.
Before long, Mr. Bill Quinlan started a civic and history class. Uncle Johnny started a Bible class, Mr. Cleve started a computer class and Ms. Doris Berry started a Friendship Class. All of these classes promote love of God and Country, love of learning, respect for one another, and a building of self-esteem.
In the summer months a Summer Activities Director is hired to help provide summer fun outings, Vacation Bible School, day camps and community projects.
All of the programs are strategically planned to help break down the barriers of fear, prejudice and ignorance about the disabled. We encourage non-disabled peers of all ages to participate in all our programs bringing inclusion for our children and young adults with disabilities.
Proclaiming our Potential highly promotes the well being of the special needs family. A part of our goals for this program is to provide the caregiver with respite and empower them to do all they can to promote that special person in their life so that the whole family may contribute to the overall health of their community.
POP! Proclaiming Our Potential … Adult Education Program
9 am – 4 pm
Call for information! 863.679.2507