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Students and administrators at Willard High School are beaming with pride as they move forward to create a new building for special needs students. KSMU’s Justin Lux takes a look.
While the construction is only in its infant stages, the fresh dirt has been cleared and production is ready to get underway. Willard students will soon use their skills to help the high school build a transition house for special needs students.
Steve Vaughn is the instructor for the Building Trade course. He and his students are helping building the house, while students in the interior design class will lend their help with color schemes and treatments for the walls and windows.
The house will have everyday scenarios set-up so that students with moderate to severe disabilities will be able to experience situations they may encounter in the future, such as house upkeep while being in a wheelchair, or being able to cook a nice meal.
Dr. Janelle Royal, the assistant superintendent for the district, explained what this program could mean for the students when they become homeowners.
“One of the things that we’re trying to address with this transition house is that not every residential home that people buy is ADA accessible. So we’re trying to get these students an opportunity to learn how to adjust once they leave the school program and go out and buy a home,” Royal says.
The initial plans include three bedrooms, a living space and kitchen, and a garage. The 2,820 square foot house will be positioned on the front lot of Willard High School.
Construction of the house will be covered by stimulus funds from the federal government. The appliances and furnishings will be funded by the Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation and a grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.