A Mexican Fiesta Day at Cathedral Summer School is giving students something to taco ‘bout.
The feast day is one of many activities offered at a Summer School program for students with special needs to promote active, healthy living.
Held at Cathedral High School during the month of July, the program helps students with special education needs build on social and life skills through immersive activities focused on physical literacy, healthy lifestyle, arts & culture, and recreation, while connecting with peers and having fun.
Organization, teamwork and numeracy skills were cultivated by students through the set-up and running of an on-site tuck shop, said Special Education Resource Teacher Joshua Czerniga, who supervised the summer program at Cathedral. Daily fitness and physical activity, meanwhile, were presented as part of a healthy lifestyle while creativity was reinforced through arts & crafts, group games, music and dancing.
Theme days, devised by teachers and student tutors, provided a special cultural focus, said Czerniga, adding that the students were involved in the preparation, cooking and serving of tacos on Mexican Fiesta Day.
“The summer program allows these exceptional students to create, plan, and build in exciting ways. This delicious taco activity was just one of many exercises that showcased this.”
Special Education summer programs are also offered at Bishop Ryan and St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary Schools during July. Operated by St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centres, Summer School provides a number of learning opportunities for secondary students, including new and repeat credit courses, as well as supported living skills. This year more than 1,600 secondary students enrolled in credit courses, while an additional 30 students enjoyed Special Education programs.