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A Graduation Story « Good News Works


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Community Service with my darling daughters Stephanie and Vanessa. This was an article written by Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.

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  1. 1. • Blog • About Goodwill « Little Green Man Finally Has a Name! A Graduation Story Published June 21, 2010 Goodwill Mission , Youth Leave a Comment This time of year is always exciting for high school and college seniors. They are brimming with excitement for what is in store next. But for one family in our area this year was doublely exciting. Philip and Gisela Romas watched on June 9th as their daughters Stephanie and Vanessa walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The girls, who are several years apart, will now look to the future. Vanessa will enter college in the fall. Stephanie on the other hand has something different in mind. The GOOD NEWS? Stephanie, who has been a part of Goodwill’s School to Work program for the past several years, will begin her job in just a few weeks. A job that she already knows she will enjoy, and where she has experience. Sisters Vanessa and Stephanie Romas pictured with their father Philip Goodwill’s School to Work program is a partnership between Goodwill and local school systems. The program allows high school students, between the ages of 16 and 22 with a disability, to safely explore the work world and prepare for the future. Together school staff,
  2. 2. parents, and Goodwill work to ensure that the program meets the needs of the student given their skill level and capabilites. Students receive individual assistance in developing job and social skills needed for successful transition to the workplace. In Stephanie’s case she worked at places such as Sam’s, Home Depot, and Food Lion. Stephanie’s success in the program has resulted in her being hired at one of the worksites where she trained during her time at Goodwill. She is looking forward to helping customers and being part of the workforce. Stephanie and her family were recently featured in the Botetourt View. You may read the article at To all of the graduates in our area remember, as said best by Dr. Suess in the book Oh the Places You’ll Go: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer youself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Good Luck! Possibly related posts: (automatically generated) • A lot of graduations in a short time. • Remembering • Last Year • Should Senior Year Be Skipped? 0 Responses to “A Graduation Story” Feed for this Entry Trackback Address
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