Students, family members, and Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Special Education Programs staff members gave the holiday season an early launch at Markhofer Elementary School in Elk Grove on Friday, November 20. The special holiday celebration featured games, music, dancing, treats, family and student photos, and art projects.
Markofer Elementary is one of four school sites within SCOE's Special Education Programs that are designated as Model Sites for the MOVE International Program and Curriculum for students with significant physical disabilities. MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) is a research-based program shown to improve functional mobility skills and empower children and adults with severe physical disabilities to better direct their own lives.
The event featured activities and games for families and children of all abilities, as well as pacer and wheelchair races and prizes. Guests had the opportunity to see the SCOE MOVE Program in action.
SCOE is the first MOVE Model Site to be established in Northern California. As a MOVE Model Site, SCOE implements the program throughout the county and serves as a demonstration and training site for this internationally acclaimed model.
MOVE International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities. The program is currently used in more than 25 countries, and the MOVE Curriculum is translated into 13 languages.
A second open house holiday party is scheduled for Friday, December 4th, at Dry Creek Elementary, another MOVE Model Site, located in Rio Linda.
Additional information about SCOE's MOVE program is available online or by calling (916) 566-2052.