Exceptional Student Education
Transition Program holds field day
Education department plans games, relay races, volleyball
and basketball for special education students
(March 13, 2002) - Florida Southern College's education department
will host a field day on March 21 for its Exceptional Student Education
(ESE) class. The event will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 1:40
p.m. with a one-hour break at 11:30. Faculty and staff members will
join ESE teacher Charlene Schultz and special education students
for basketball from 10:30 - 11:30 at the Wellness Center gym, and
relay races/volleyball from 12:30 - 1:40 at the Jenkins Field House.
is a collaborative effort by the FSC education department and the
ESE department of the Polk County School Board to assist mentally
handicapped high school students aged 18 to 21 in their transition
from school to the working world. Approximately 75 percent of these
students face unemployment when they leave the public school system.
This program, the only one of its kind in Polk County, frees older
ESE students from the high school environment and allows them to
pursue more adult experiences.
furnishes a classroom for the ESE teacher and students and provides
job training opportunities in other departments on campus such as
maintenance, food service, and landscaping. In return, the school
board provides the students, teacher, support personnel and transportation.
The class includes
five ESE students, Schultz, and two paraprofessional aides. The
students work on campus in the mornings and attend the transition
class in the afternoons. Special education majors work with the
students, developing and practicing social skills games together.
The ESE students have participated in a games and sports class,
where physical education majors had an opportunity to try out their
games with the ESE students. The transition class may help some
FSC students decide which field of education to major in, said Dr.
Kathleen Milburn, assistant professor of education and coordinator
of the project. "After seeing and working with the kids, some
of our students may go into special education. You can't be around
these kids and not feel touched by them."
program was developed by a diverse group representing the college;
the Polk County school system; and Noah's Ark, an organization of
parents of mentally disabled children. The group believes the interaction
with young adults along with the job training opportunities available
on campus will help prepare these students for life beyond school.
The creative team includes Thomas Reuschling, FSC president; Kathleen
Milburn, education department professor; Sherwin Holmes, director
of the ESE Polk County Schools; Joyce Barclay, ESE area supervisor;
Brescia Kendrick (School Board teacher); Terry Dennis, FSC vice
president of finance; Kathy Benn, chair of the FSC physical education
department; and Jack and Mickie Kosik and their daughter, Brittany,
an ESE student.
co-founder of Noah's Ark, emphasized the mentally handicapped individual's
need for friendship. "It's important to develop friendships,
ongoing friendships where it's not a paid situation, not a school
relationship. They graduate," he says, "and then there
are no connections."
information about this program and the day's events, please contact
Charlene Schultz, ESE teacher, at (863) 680-6470 or e-mail her at
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.