Thursday, February 05, 2009

PALS Program Participates in Transition Fair

Starr’s Mill High student Rachael Booker (center) helps PALS co-sponsors Cindy Hartpence (left) and Shannon Ggaliano explain the program to interested parents and students attending the Transition Fair at McIntosh High.

The PALS (Peers are Linking Students) program at Starr’s Mill High was just one of the potential resources available for families of children with special needs to learn about at the recent annual Building Alliances Transition Fair sponsored by Exceptional OPS and the Fayette County School System’s Exceptional Children’s Department.

PALS is a national club aimed at fostering friendships between special needs and regular education students. The focus of the club is to allow students of all ability levels to experience the benefits of friendship, dedication and responsibility. Social interaction among students is fostered through one-on-one group activities such as bowling, eating out, skating and attending chapter meetings. Club activities are held both during and after school.

Starr’s Mill was the first high school in Fayette County and Georgia to start a PALS program in 2006. Since then, other high schools in the county have followed suit.

The Transition Fair was a great opportunity for one-stop information and resource shopping for families of students with disabilities.

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