Milwaukee Public Schools is a partner on a project to design educational bus stop displays for children to enjoy while waiting for the bus, CBS 58 reported.
Two dozen bus stops around Milwaukee will be decorated with murals featuring interactive games.
The partnership involves the Milwaukee County Transit System, Milwaukee Public Schools, the advertising agency BVK and Milwaukee’s Office of Early Childhood Initiatives.
“We designed each shelter with several criteria in mind,” Gary Mueller, founder and creative director of BVK, told the television station. “The activities include counting, identifying shapes, objects, colors, foods. Some are designed around reading stories or scavenger hunts. Some even include physical activity.”
All 24 murals are set to be finished within the next two weeks.
The Oshkosh Area School District is launching a new food truck that gives students of all abilities the chance to gain work experience, WFRV reported. The truck is described as the first of its kind in the country.
“We know that being employed and having a sense of accountability and responsibility is positively life-changing. This exciting project demonstrates our commitment and investment in connecting our students with special needs to their community, securing jobs, and being gainfully employed,” said Linda Pierron, Oshkosh director of special education, on the district’s website.
The truck will debut this summer at community events and local businesses. The menu will be flexible depending on the event, including beverages and prepacked and prepared food items.
Sauk Prairie-area young adults with disabilities graduated recently from a program intended to help them gain and maintain employment, Channel 3000 reported.
Project SEARCH, which helps young adults with physical and developmental disabilities enter the workforce, partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Sauk Prairie Health Center. Students from the Sauk Prairie, Reedsburg and River Valley school districts participated.
“(The program) consists of three 10-week unpaid internships within the businesses, and the students learn job skills and they learn to develop all kinds of things (so) that they can become really good, productive workers in an integrated setting within their communities,” Liz Kennedy, who oversees the program, told the TV station.
Josh LaHaie, a graduate of Sauk Prairie High School, tells the Department of Workforce Development that Project SEARCH was a “safe place to work and if I made a mistake, my co-workers helped me through it and I learned from it.”