Now in our third year, Hamilton County Extension Innovation Station Summer Enrichment Program ‘hit the road’ to work with youth, ages 5-15, with developmental disabilities. Extension shares with Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) Board Mission to promote and support opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live, work, learn and fully participate in their communities.
Students from both Margaret B. Rost and Bobbie B. Fairfax schools participated in several educational activities inclusive of natural resources, physical activities, food systems and environmental activities. Hamilton County Extension Innovation Station Summer Enrichment Program took place on July 12-13 and July 25-26, 2017, learning, fun and smiles were all round. The program offered youth with developmental disabilities challenging activities in gardening, entomology, environmental activities, electrical circuitry, nutrition, and stretch and movement. Extension’s goal was to offer challenging activities that pushed through the preconceived ideas to build confidence, support networks and pride.
A special Thank You to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Summertime Kids Program, Principal Duerk Zinn at Margaret B. Rost School and Principal Kim Martindell at Bobbie B. Fairfax School, their schools’ staff and aides. In addition we would like to thank, Ms. Libby Brown, Educational Administrator at Margaret B. Rost School in assisting our staff to accommodate the needs of the students. It was truly a great learning experience for all of our Extension staff and hopefully we have met some new friends along the way. Hamilton County Extension plans to continue our work with both schools in the near future.