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HOLMESVILLE -- Acquainting them with basic life skills and teaching them how to become adults, the transitional class is the last stop in a student's education at the Holmes County Training Center.
With the assistance of several of the eight students in the class, who range in age from 17-22, the Holmes County commissioners were introduced to the class and the role its students play in the school and community.
At the school, students in the class help sweep the sidewalk, pick up recycling, vacuuming, clean windows, deliver papers to the office, fill classroom supply orders and collect and shred paper in need of destruction, according to teacher's assistant Kim Miller.
Outside of the building, they've helped to paint seats on the wagon used by the Training Center in parades. They also push carts to cars at the Love Center Food Pantry. Recently, they took a field trip to a local bank to learn about banking.
One of the students works three days a week at Mount Hope Auction Barn, where he tends to the goats and sheep, said Miller.
"We also like to bake in our classroom," Miller said, adding the group also says the Pledge of Allegiance every morning.
In recognition of March as Developmental Disabilities Month, the commissioners held their business meeting at the Training Center.
There, they passed a resolution recognizing "the profound asset the Holmes County Training Center is to Holmes County."
Further, they recognized the board and staff, who "work tirelessly to positively impact the lives of persons with disabilities and their families work to open students' minds to ideas, knowledge and dreams, and diligently fill many roles, as listeners, explorers, role models, motivators and mentors."
A total of 38 students attend the Training Center. They are but a small few of the 250 people served by the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
"It's an important thing in our community. We support it and I'm glad the community supports it," said Commissioner Rob Ault of the Training Center and services provided by the DD Board. "It's very important to the community. It affects a lot of families. We appreciate everything you do. There's not one of us who doesn't have some sort of disability in our family."
The local program, started in 1967, has been so successful, "this is a place that a lot of counties copy," said Commissioner Ray Eyler. "I was on the board at one time, and it's amazing how far it's come."
Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.