Helping special needs students

Dear Editor:The article in the Jan. 24 issue of The Patriot dealing with the special needs students from Downey and Warren high schools was beautifully done ("Ready and Willing to Work," 1/24/13). All of us need to be aware of the situation and to offer a helping hand to these special students.

In this connection, the Assistance League of Downey has partnered with both Downey and Warren high schools for over 15 years. The students work at our thrift shop, The Second Tyme Around Shoppe, on Monday and Tuesday each week. Additionally, we have Easter Seal young people assist on Friday mornings. In the past, we also worked with Arc helping provide a work environment for their students as well. Gracie Roussett works with the teaching staff directing them on needed work for the time they are there.

It is very rewarding to observe these young people as they work through the process of hanging a shirt, skirt or shorts. Just learning the proper hanger is new for them. Charlene Roche Downey

********** Published: Febuary 7, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 43