On October 7th, the Brown Local K-5th grade Cross Categorical classroom and the 6th-12th Cross-Categorical Life Skills Classroom had the pleasure of spending a morning at the Alpaca Spring Valley Farm in Minerva. The students toured the facilities while learning about the alpacas and how they are cared for at the farm. The students even got to pet a few of the 26 alpacas and one llama that live at the farm.
This field trip was a chance for the high schoolers to learn about possible job opportunities available at the farm as part of the new job skills program the class has started this school year. Under the supervision of their teacher, Katie Spencer, and Dennis Tucci, who is supporting transition services, the high school students will be spending part of their school week at various businesses learning important job skills they will need to assist them with future employment. Currently, the students have been filling out applications, interviewing, and going through the necessary procedures required for each business; they will start their employment services at the end of October. The students will be participating in valuable transition activities at the Alliance Community Hospital, Goodwill in Alliance, Water’s Edge Salon in Malvern, and in the spring, at the Alpaca Spring Valley Farm.