A Win-Win for Everyone

The development of relationships with their peers and the generalization of social skills in the community, gives our students a sense of accomplishment with which they build upon.
The development of relationships with their peers and the generalization of social skills in the community, gives our students a sense of accomplishment with which they build upon.
Ambassadors help students with disabilities break down the barriers that hold them back from being more social.
Ambassadors help students with disabilities break down the barriers that hold them back from being more social.
Student mentors develop an understanding, empathy and acceptance of their peers with disabilities.
Student mentors develop an understanding, empathy and acceptance of their peers with disabilities.
Alana Thurer, left, and her Ambassador grab a quick photo before heading out to some of the planned activities.
Alana Thurer, left, and her Ambassador grab a quick photo before heading out to some of the planned activities.
The girls got a pick-up game of soccer going, while the guys occupied the turf field for their game.
The girls got a pick-up game of soccer going, while the guys occupied the turf field for their game.
Nicole McNulty gets an opportunity to sing and was so good she sang a couple Country Western songs to the delight of the audience.
Nicole McNulty gets an opportunity to sing and was so good she sang a couple Country Western songs to the delight of the audience.
Great day to get creative making tie-dyed shirts.
Great day to get creative making tie-dyed shirts.
Our Ambassadors and program leaders gather with their peers for one last time before the end of the school year.
Our Ambassadors and program leaders gather with their peers for one last time before the end of the school year.

Driving up Whitman’s main entrance on Thursday afternoon, the aroma of Barbeque and a trail of smoke led you to the Ambassador Program end of the year picnic.

The primary goal of the Ambassador program is for students to mentor students with significant disabilities, helping them to develop friendships and social skills, while contributing to the school community.

“The student ambassadors develop an understanding, empathy and acceptance of their peers with disabilities,” said Ms. Corrine J. McLaughlin, a Special Education-Life Skills Teacher at Walt Whitman High School.  “An appropriate peer model should be a passionate and caring individual who is interested in learning new skills necessary to help students with disabilities break down the barriers that hold them back from being more social.”

Students were having a wonderful picnic, playing sports games on the turf field, making tie-dyes shirts and other activities that were enjoyed under the umbrella of shade trees along Whitman’s 100 Wing. The friendships that were made among the Ambassadors and their peers were amazing, adding to an already special year.