May 23 at 6:43pm

San Marcos Adult Transition Program Creates Hygiene Kits for Interfaith

IMG_0704On Wednesday, May 18th, San Marcos Unified School District’s Adult Transition Program, led by Lauren Williams and Michelle Kocour, traveled to Interfaith Community Services’ Escondido headquarters to drop off homemade hygiene bags the students created. The hygiene items were donated by both Michelle’s mother and the Boeing Company; each bag was made specifically for either a man, woman, boy, or girl. The students in Lauren and Michelle’s class used pictures of items to prompt in creating the bags in an assembly line fashion.

“The students were excited and engaged as they filled the bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, deodorant, soap, razors, and even small toys, hair bows, bubbles, and pencils in the children’s bags,” said Michelle. “This was not always an easy task for the students, but through their successes, they gained confidence and joy.”

San Marcos Unified School District’s Adult Transition Program is a program for students between the ages of 18-22 who have moderate to severe disabilities. The program allows for continuing education for students in the following five domains: functional academics, vocational, community, domestic skills, and recreation and leisure. These five domains are taught through both in-class experiences and community-based instruction, which includes cooking and laundry skills, mobility training, volunteer or work experiences, shopping, money skills, college fitness classes, and recreational activities. The program’s mission is to support students in their transition from high school to adult life through classroom and community-based experiences that build on a student’s interests and abilities. There are currently five classrooms that address the needs of the students based on their ability level.

“The students were thrilled to be able to drop off grooming supplies to those who need them,” said Michelle. “This experience offered the opportunity to show our community that people with severe disabilities have abilities that aren’t always seen by everyone else. These students were able to create a gift and give back to our community. It is so important for the community to understand that just because people appear to be different or unable, their hearts and abilities are far greater than outward appearances.”

Interfaith thanks the San Marcos Unified School District’s Adult Transition Program not only for their donations, but also for their hard work, time, and dedication to this project.

For information on how your school, community group, or corporate team can get involved with similar projects benefitting Interfaith, please contact Micki Hickox or call (760) 489-6380 ext. 204.