Pre-Employment Program gives to the Ronald McDonald House!

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On December 12, the Pre-Employment Program (PEP) visited the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Springfield MA.  We were met by wonderful staff who welcomed us into their home. At that time, they gave us a tour of the “House that Love Built” and showed us the many renovations that have been completed over the last year.  This year, PEP donated 324 lbs of can tabs that we have been collecting for the past 10 months.  That’s roughly 390,000 can tabs that were collected and donated by students, family, friends, and teachers within the Franklin County Technical School community and its sending school districts.


Along with the can tabs, PEP donated handmade scarves that were knitted by Charlotte Choleva of Turners Falls.  We were told that those scarves will help their current residents stay warm during the cold New England winter. Skochii Bennett-Polchlopek, the volunteer coordinator, was very excited to see the Pre-Employment Program again with the many thousands of can tabs!  She questioned if we could top this number next year when we visit again.  Let’s wait and see!!


Every can tab donated helps families have a warm place to stay while necessary medical services are offered to children from the ages of newborn to 22 years of age.  If you have can tabs that you would like to donate, please bring to FCTS and one of the Pre-Employment Program students will gladly get them from you.


The PEP program is a unique, tuition based program designed for students with physical or cognitive challenges. This small, but effective program works with students on many educational and independent living skills to students ages 14 to 22. Academic skills such as reading, math and critical thinking are practiced daily. Life skills such as cooking, laundry, and shop trade skills such as building maintenance, auto detailing, recycling processing, and office technology are some of the employment skills that offer our students a better chance toward future independent living and job placement.  Students also learn essential values of work ethic and community service.

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