The Arc Mid-South Introduces New Life Skills Program, geared to increase confidence by providing an extensive curriculum, consisting of GED preparation, money management, sex education, homemaking, safety awareness, self determination, health & wellness, navigating benefits, housing, transportation, and the necessary tools designed to prepare individuals with disabilities to become independent in the community. Please click here for information flyer(PDF)
The Arc Mid-South’s Life, Education, Training Skills Program (L.E.T.S.) celebrated their first commencement on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church, at 4488 Poplar Ave. The goal of the L.E.T.S. Program is to increase the confidence by providing training, resources and education in order to live independently in the community. The program prepares young adults with disabilities to take the GED test. In the class of 2012, fifteen students participated in the graduation ceremony.
Guest speaker, Ruby O’Gray shared words of encouragement with the graduating class. As the students celebrated their achievements, the room was filled with tears of joy. Congratulations to the students, parents, and staff that made this event a success.
The Arc Mid-South’s Life, Education, Training, and Skills (L.E.T.S.) program students held a Christmas celebration to remember on December 15th 2011. As the students celebrated the end of their fall term with a blast, this was a celebration for all to enjoy! Parents, Staff, and Volunteers gathered for an afternoon of Caroling! Skits! And a host of food and just plain old fun! The students came dressed in red and black, singing and dancing, and demonstrating their acting ability. “If you weren’t already in the Christmas spirit, you would be now after seeing the excitement of the students,” said Victoria Bennett, Operations Manager.
Moderated by Justin, who made sure that his classmates kept on schedule, did an excellent job! “It’s good to see Justin’s growth, who was shy when he enrolled in the program; he’s become more outgoing,” said Tamara Jones, Marketing Specialist.
Can you believe that the students planned this exciting Christmas day celebration without any help from The Arc staff? The volunteers that donate their valuable time to provide classroom instruction on a weekly basis worked in conjunction with the students to come up with their exciting renditions. “The small things that we take for granted meant so much to the students, and it was very touching,” said Mary Peters.
The staff was in awe as the excitement of the students spread throughout the room. Smiles on faces, tears in the eyes, laughter, and moments of reflection as the students shared their talents. “The student’s were adorable, enthusiastic, and they brightened up the day,” said Denise Lussier, Case Manager.
To top the evening off, when we didn’t think that things could get any better, with tears in her eyes, and filled with emotion, Executive Director, Carlene Leaper stated, “I usually always know what’s going on at The Arc. I thought I could never be shocked by anything, but today I had no idea what was planned. Oh! My gosh
Everyone left the program full, full of excitement, full of joy, and full of the Christmas spirit!
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