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SADD students from CATA bring ‘spring fun’ to Wolfe School

Chaze Smith, 16, center, places an egg in his basket during an egg hunt at Wolfe School. Also pictured at left is Courtney Miller, 17, a junior at CATA who is also a SADD member and, at right, Adrienne Anderson, a UCPS Exceptional Children’s Program Specialist.

Students at Wolfe School had an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful spring day recently hunting for colorful plastic eggs that had been hidden by students from Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA).
About 30 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) from CATA brought each of the 70 Wolfe students a colorful basket that contained a variety of candy. They also brought 500 colorfully decorated plastic eggs and hid them around the Wolfe campus. SADD students then assisted the Wolfe students in locating the hidden eggs.
“Partnering with the students from CATA helps our students with social communication and social skills,” said Wolfe principal Mary Jo Breckenridge. “They love to be with other high school students.”
School Resource Officer Shawn Parler, the SADD advisor, said CATA students enjoyed spending time with students at Wolfe. “They love coming over here and helping special needs children,” she said. “And I think it’s good for the SADD students to see that they can help others.”
“I did this last year and I thought it was a lot of fun,” said SADD member Rebekah Bellai, 15, a sophomore at CATA.  “I like helping children, especially those with disabilities. All the students are so sweet. It’s nice to see them have a good time.”
“I love helping people,” said SADD member Allen Carpenter, 16, a junior at CATA. “ It’s fun to see the looks on these kids faces when they find an egg and then pick it up and get that little feeling of accomplishment. It’s awesome. I enjoy the feeling of helping to give them some fun. I hope it gives them a little happiness.”
Students from Wolfe were divided into three groups, taking turns hunting for the hidden eggs. Then, while the eggs were being re-hidden by CATA students, firefighters with Monroe City Fire Department offered the waiting group of Wolfe students fire safety information and allowed them to sit on the fire truck.
The baskets were donated by Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered. (TRU) with UCPS Tobacco Free Schools program, while Wal-Mart donated $100 worth of plastic eggs. SADD students donated the candy.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 30, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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