Watertown Middle School has entered a contest to win $50,000 so they can remodel an old home economics room so it can be used by the school, including special education students.
The middle school is competing against projects in places across the country in the Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge run by Guaranteed Rate. The top project wins $50,000, and money is also given to the runner-up. Winners are chosen based on votes and the merits of the project.
The Integrated Life Skills program at the middle school teaches students with special needs to be self-sufficient by focusing on personal responsibility, independence and appropriate interactions.
Part of the program teaches the students how to cook, and teachers hope to start a Best Buddies lunch programs where special needs students work with general education students to learn how to cook and socialize.
The kitchen would also be used by health classes to teach healthy meal planning and bring the home economics program back to the middle school.
The money would be used to buy new appliances (oven, stove, dishwasher and a washing machine), counters and sinks in the “long-forgotten” home economics room.
You can vote for Watertown Middle School in the Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge by going to this link: http://woobox.com/7cdpb2/vote/