A Day in the Life: STEP Up Team

The Step Up team participates in Community-Based Instruction (CBIs) to learn practical job skills and show off their talents and interests in the community. During a CBI, the team goes out into the community and does a job at a local business.

We followed a cleaning team as they set out to clean at LoCo CrossFit!

1:06Everybody piles on the bus with Swiffers, cleaning spray and paper towels in hand, ready to get started!


1:10 We’re off. The conversation swirls with talk of lunch, The Jonas Brothers and playground swings. The team talks about how much longer it’ll take to get there.

1:15
We arrive at our destination. Each Step Up members gets a different checklist of their cleaning assignments.

1:15-1:40– The team is split into pairs and we divide and conquer. Each time someone completes something, they check it off their list. We vacuum. We dust. We scrub.

Compliments and excitement can be heard as each task is complete!

“I did good!”
“Great job dusting!”
“Keep up the good work”
“I did it!”

After everything was shining and dust-free, the team even had time for a little fun!

 

Drew tested out some of the equipment and we got to meet the owner’s dog!

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1:49– It’s time to head back to Paxton. Everybody piles back in the bus and we are on our way back to campus.

Thank you to LoCo CrossFit for being wonderful customers to work for!

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Right now we have four ‘microenterprises’ launched that we provide to the community: a cleaning business, a landscaping business, office work business and an art market to sell hand-made products created by the team.

STEP Up is in the process of creating a car-washing business and grocery store delivery service.

We are always looking for community partners who may be interested in partnering with our microenterprise businesses or who are interested in hiring adults with a disability. Email Katie Wilcox kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org for more information!

Next Chapter Book Club

It’s 6:30 on Monday and chips, popcorn and water bottles are sprawled over a table in the back of Rust Library in the Story Time Room. About ten chairs are tucked in around the table, but more keep getting added as the night goes on. More members keep trickling in for the Next Chapter Book Club meeting.

IMG_7250 For those of you who don’t know, the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers the opportunities for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed community setting.

Our NCBC usually meets on the first and third Monday of every month at Rust Library.

Right now, we are reading WHITE FANG.whitefang

White Fang is a novel by Jack London about a half-dog/ half-wolf living in Canada during the 1890’s. We are on chapter 7 and everyone is enjoying the story so far.

As everyone starts arriving, we talk about our weekends and what book we would like to start next.

Some titles like Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson get thrown around. Every person is given the chance to suggest what he or she would like to read next. If you have any suggestions on what we should read next, let us know!

A little before 7, we dive into chapter 7.

First, we make sure everyone has a copy of the book and then we recap what happened last week for any member who missed the last meeting.The room grows quiet as the first reader begins. All you can hear is quiet crunching from popcorn being snacked on.
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Everyone’s head is buried in the book. Some follow a long word by word with their bookmark.

*page flip* and the story continues you. The reader of the story switches from person to person around the room, everyone bringing a new voice to the story.

Some quiet and clear. Some loud and excited.

The NCBC is a no pressure environment- every member has the chance to read if they would like to but no one has to read.

IMG_7261It is inspiring to see how many members take a turn reading. All of their friends encourage them to read and stay engaged in the story the entire time.

By the time we get to Chapter 11, it is almost 8 pm. Things are not looking good for White Fang. He is in the middle of a scary but exciting fight.

We are left on a cliffhanger. What will happen to White Fang?

We will find out TONIGHT at our NCBC meeting!

If you are interested in joining us, email Tammy at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org! Anyone at ANY reading level is welcome to join the club!

Come hear what happens to White Fang tonight at the Rust Library from 6:30-8pm.

To learn more: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/book-club/