A monthly community service project in the Therapeutic Support Program North (TSPN) has matched up high school students with kindergarten students.
For their initial meeting, the older students from the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls read several nursery rhymes and then completed a Humpty Dumpty coloring sheet with the youngsters at the Sanford Street Teaching and Learning Center in Glens Falls.
“Beyond the fact that the reading program is beneficial to both sets of students, this monthly event helps all students establish friendships and build healthy relationships over time,” explained Laurie Hall, a social worker in the TSPN program. “Also, the students work on improving their social skills outside of their normal school schedule. Community service is an important part of the TSPN program. It helps the students develop new skills, to feel good about themselves and create special bonds. Plus, it’s fun.”