Graham Academy Students Honored in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE CO. (WOLF) — April is World Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate the City of Wilkes-Barre honored five students from the Graham Academy. Students and their loved ones visited City Hall Friday morning to officially be declared Fire Chief, Police Chief, Councilperson, and Mayor for the day. The students hosted meetings and helped make some important decisions for the City. The Graham Academy promotes awareness, equity, and access for all with disabilities. "We all need friends, we all need love, we all need jobs, and our kids are not any different in that respect. They need those things in their [...]

Graham Academy Students Honored in Wilkes-Barre2024-04-30T13:31:16-04:00

Environmental groups, schools mobilize for Earth Day across Far South Side

After her brother died of asthma in 2009, Jermica Davis said she felt pulled to environmental justice work. This year, she spent her Earth Day picking up trash around Altgeld Gardens, the public housing community where she and her brother grew up. “When he passed away, that sparked something in me,” she said. “Working in the community, and actually seeing how the environment can affect the community, that is so important.” Schools and environmental groups across the Far South Side mobilized for the holiday Monday, organizing trash pickups and cleanups. Davis was joined by more than 50 volunteers picking up [...]

Environmental groups, schools mobilize for Earth Day across Far South Side2024-04-26T11:20:25-04:00

Life skills olympics help teach real world, practical crafts

Feeding off the positive energy, flashing of cameras and fast-paced competition, Mia Rooks helped her team bring home a trophy in the third annual life skills olympics. At the same time, the competition will help the 17-years-old with her transition plan of attending a four-year university to pursue a degree in social work. “It was an exciting energy, this is my second year going but my first year participating in it last year, I went and I cheered the team on,” Rooks said, “and this year, it was exciting. It’s very loud, but it’s a great energy and it’s nice [...]

Life skills olympics help teach real world, practical crafts2024-04-26T11:11:00-04:00

High Road athletes train for Special Olympics

High Road School students practiced their running and throwing in preparation for this weekend's Special Olympics track meet at Prospect High School. Under the direction of the school's Special Olympics Head Coach and Physical Education teacher Pat Hurst, the athletes ran a series of sprints, then practiced throwing a softball in a shot-put style motion at Maple Trail Park near the school. One athlete, Peter Fleming, who would have the honor of carrying the torch at the Special Olympics event, also practiced throwing a plastic javelin in preparation for that event. “For us to partner with the Special Olympics is [...]

High Road athletes train for Special Olympics2024-04-19T15:23:44-04:00

Taking High Road — To Special Olympics

Local students with special needs prepared last Friday for the upcoming Region B Spring Games held by Special Olympics Illinois. The Spring Games will take place later in April at Prospect High School. Students at High Road School of Mount Prospect, 580 Slawin Court, have been working tirelessly, showing remarkable dedication and enthusiasm for the Special Olympics. Students train under the guidance of PE teacher and coach Patrick Hurst, known as “Mr. Pat” to the kids. Mr. Pat’s involvement with Special Olympics dates to his late teens. With a background in therapeutic recreation, his journey began as he worked at [...]

Taking High Road — To Special Olympics2024-04-19T09:11:29-04:00

Wilkes-Barre event with live bands aims to boost autism awareness

KINGSTON — Light It Up Blue, an annual autism-awareness event, has grown into a fun community celebration this year, featuring live bands, food trucks and vendors on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Carol McGrane, director of Graham Academy, said in an interview at the lower school on Friday that the academy partnered with King’s College, Wilkes University and Misericordia University to make this year’s event more community-oriented and bigger and better than ever. Graham Academy provides educational and social programming for over 200 students with various disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities and emotional disturbance, from kindergarten through age 22 at a [...]

Wilkes-Barre event with live bands aims to boost autism awareness2024-04-10T11:39:22-04:00