Oak Forest High School's Luke Otte (from left), Paige Stryczek, Matt Meany, Yvonne Munoz, Alyssa Ashmore and Helwa Saleh provided a presentation about the People Respecting Others with Unique Differences program to the Bremen Community High School District 228 board. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 27, 2013 11:04AM
Oak Forest High School physical education teacher Paige Stryczek and four of her students gave a presentation to the Bremen Community High School District 228 Board about the PROUD Program — People Respecting Others with Unique Differences.
Each student spoke about the program and their experiences.
Yvonne Munoz said, “The student leaders studied disorders to become acclimated with what they might experience working with other students.”
Helwa Saleh spoke about why she took the class.
“In elementary school, I saw students who had special needs and were part of the general education curriculum. I want to make students feel accepted, to impact their lives and my life,” Saleh said.
Luke Otte said the program has helped him to make a career decision.
“Both of my parents work in special education. Now I also want to work in special education,” Otte said.
Alyssa Ashmore said her favorite part of the class was the kids she meets and loves.
“It makes my day and I hope it makes their day,” Ashmore said.
Ashmore said some of the PROUD Program activities were bowling, a field trip to the zoo, and a speaker who provided information about achieving success despite having a disability.
The program was piloted at Oak Forest this school year to provide physical education students the opportunity to become leaders and work with special-education students. Students are paired up with buddies and switch every two weeks to get to know other students.
“This program is a success for many reason and our students have learned to embrace those with differences,” Stryczek said.
For more information, email Matt Meany at firstname.lastname@example.org.