A group of students from one of the Sacramento County Office of Education's (SCOE) community school campuses helped spread the holiday spirit by volunteering at the annual SCOE Special Education Program family celebration on December 3. The event, held at Dry Creek Elementary School in Rio Linda, delighted children with games, music, handicrafts and treats.
Seven students from SCOE's North Area School served snacks, assisted with art projects and offered a "kids-only" spa complete with face painting and manicures. More than 70 SCOE Special Education students, family members and community guests enjoyed the morning event.
The high school students are part of the Sacramento County Office of Education LINKS Academy program. LINKS is a SCOE career technical education program that helps students find a new direction, build a better future and take control of their lives. The Golden Bell Award-winning program is part of the curriculum at every SCOE Jr./Sr. high school campus.
Dry Creek Elementary is one of four school sites within SCOE's Special Education Programs 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.
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 10, at Markofer Elementary, another MOVE Model Site, located in Elk Grove.
Additional information about SCOE's MOVE program is available online or by calling (916) 566-2052.