Left to right:  Rachae Allert, DLC teacher; students Tatiana, Christain, Sianna, and Logan.  Rotarian Bob Carroll
 
Transitions teacher at Riverside High School, Rachae Allert, and four of her students were our guest speakers June 8, 2017. The Transitions program is in its fourth year at Riverside and connects students with intellectual disabilities and local businesses for on-the-job-training.  Students are able to do basic tasks at local stores, restaurants, hair salons and boutiques.  Students spend close to two hours a day, four days a week voluntarily working at several businesses in the area.  Rachae introduced each of her students, Logan, Sianna, Christain and Tatiana as they told us of their work experiences and accomplishments.  We were all moved by the student’s commitment and desire to become a valuable part of society.  “We’ve found job training is critical to their high school success, because these kids might not be our college-bound kids, but truly eager to work, eager to learn, they’re eager to be contributing members of society.  They want to be there.  They want to help.  They want to be in your community” said Allert.  Thank you to local businesses and staff at Riverside HS who make this program possible.