Participants of the Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2014 are partnering with Orchard Knob Middle School to help a special population of students succeed in the classroom. This project is aimed to helps the school’s SUCCEED (Students Utilizing Classroom and Community to Enhance Everyday Development) Program.
Leadership Chattanooga will begin demolishing the interior of the middle school to transform it into a classroom that will allow autistic children to successfully navigate the real life “detours” they may encounter on a daily basis through Community Based Instruction.
The goal is to expand existing classroom-based curriculum by simulation real-life community based-simulations in a variety of work stations that will be built. These stations will be designed to fully develop domestic, vocational, community and recreation skills. Academic content will be provided via real-life experimental learning while practicing skills in the simulation stations. Stations will address many tasks, such as bagging groceries, doing laundry, and clerical office work.
The project is expected to be completed in April through community partnerships and volunteers. Before the project can proceed however, demolition work must begin.
Officials said, "A special thanks to Santek Waste Services and Republic Parking System for partnering with this project for the demolition."