Career Skills Competes, Cooks, and Gets a Helping Hand from Maintenance

What a busy time of year for the Career Skills classes! They seemingly don’t know how to slow down and always have something in the works. This past quarter, they were involved in Mr. Brewster, renovations and cooking, and bowling. So, let’s get into it!

On March 3rd for the first time, three Career Skills Seniors participated in Mr. Brewster. Max Michinko, Christian Pinel, and Nico Stafford raised over $3000.00 and won the Best Dancers award. The boys danced to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” alongside our Dancing Bears and student volunteers Emily Babio and Izzy Arenas. They were escorted by student volunteers Brianelly Munoz and Emily Babio. The boys had a wonderful night thanks to the inclusiveness and acceptance of the Class of 2023!

Additionally, during the months of January and February, the BHS Custodial and Grounds and Maintenance Departments refurbished the Career Skills kitchen with new countertops, 3 ovens, a mini hot water heater, storage spaces, and a rolling work table. The transformation is amazing and the students have been very busy catering for faculty meetings, the Women’s Symposium, and baking homemade dog treats with the Warr;ors Club. At the end of the month, with the assistance of our student volunteers Haley Francise, Jarrid Bryggman, Emily Babio, and Izzy Arenas, the Career students prepared a luncheon to say thank you to Mr. Freyer and his staff. The menu consisted of all homemade items: lemon chicken, lasagna, meatballs, mashed potatoes, a tossed salad, brownies, and ice cream cake. It was a huge success!

Finally, Unified Bowling started in January and went through April for our Career Skills athletes. We held a fundraiser in the fall and were able to buy all of our athletes their own bowling ball and bag. Bowling with a ball fit to their hand has helped improve everyone’s scores. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

The team competed against John Jay Cross River, Byram Hills, and Fox Lane. Most matches ended in a tie.

Now onto Unified Basketball!