The Bethel Park School District offered two Extended School Year Programs this past July--one for Elementary and one for Secondary students.
The programs ran Monday through Thursday from July 1-25. The Primary Program took place at Franklin and the Secondary Program was held at IMS.
The Elementary Program focused on academics and social skills. Typical peers joined the program every Tuesday to participate in activities, such as Carnival Day, gym, art and a theater program. Primary ESY activities included a visit to Luciano's where students were able to make their own pizzas, as well as trips to Triple B Farms and Phipps Conservatory, where students learned about the life cycle of butterflies. The Children's Institute visited to present a puppet show that discussed diversity, and BPHS graduate Steve Santa visited to present a sensory-based theater performance.
Secondary Program learners focused on transitional planning and career interests, as well as life skills. Activities included a visit to Duck Donuts, Phoenix Theatre, Fiori's, Giant Eagle, Pho Kim, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Inventionland, CCAC and the Port Authority, where they received behind-the-scenes tours. At Giant Eagle, the students had the opportunity to do some food planning and cooked several meals, which they shared at school. As a service project, they restored and cleaned the IMS fish tank.
Thank you to all of the businesses who welcomed our students! Please click here
to see some photos from both programs.