An annual community holiday event recently provided a learning opportunity for a diverse group of Fargo Public Schools students.
By Fargo Public Schools Special Education and Student Support Services Director Patricia Cummings
The Social Inclusion classes at Davies and North High Schools participated in Fraser, Ltd.’s 14th annual Festival of Trees. On November 13, 39 students, teachers, and staff members decorated a themed Christmas tree that will be on display through December 5 at the FargoDome during regular business hours. Their tree is one of more than 150 decorated trees for Fraser, Ltd.’s annual holiday event.
The Social Inclusion classes consist of students who have Multiple Impairments (hearing, sight, speech, behavioral, learning, and physical impairments) as well as same-age peers without impairments. These classes have been offered as part of Fargo Public Schools curriculum for 20+ years. They were developed to encourage positive interaction among students of differing abilities and interests.
By participating in Festival of Trees, the students demonstrate that they, too, are valuable community members who can “give back” in a meaningful way as volunteers.
This opportunity is sponsored by the local FEET (Family Educator Enhancement Team) and was initiated by a former FEET parent member. New ornaments and other tree decorations were donated by FPS staff and FEET members.
All students in Fargo Public Schools take part in becoming college and career ready and this group of students is no different! The students participated in an adapted lesson to select the blue decoration theme and then executed the decoration plan for the Christmas tree. This community activity helped the Social Inclusion students attain the designated course benchmarks for Strategies and Activities Needed to Assist the Student in Reaching Post-Secondary Goals.
Fraser, Ltd. invites the community to join the Claus Family for cookies and to view the full array of decorated trees on November 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the FargoDome, University Drive & 19th Ave N, Fargo.