There is a new partnership tradition that has begun this year between Munford High School and SVRS.
Last month, MHS students donated more than $300 worth of items for SVRS participants and presented the gifts during the holidays. The money was collected through fundraisers, such as the sale of sausage and biscuits or staff lunches.
Items purchased were arts and crafts, activity games, shampoos, socks, hats and scarves, toys and basic essential items and will be shared between the Memphis and Tipton County locations of SRVS.
"We are touched by the heartfelt generosity of the students who chose to share their holiday spirit with the people we support at our Covington center," said SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton.
The SRVS/Tipton County Enhanced Learning Center was opened in September 2013, as the first satellite location of the Memphis based facility, which focuses on a new Montessori approach being taught to adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, there are 12 individuals at the Covington center, with a total of 860 people supported through an array of programs and services in the Mid-South
The SVRS participants have been spending time with Munford High special education students, which makes an easier transition for the students who will eventually move to the SVRS center after graduation.
The school also pledged to the SRVS angel tree, supplying items to people in the Mid-South who have special needs, yet are either without family or are supported in homes.
The 23 special needs students at MHS learn restaurant skills, such as kitchen essentials, woodworking and skills for independent living. In the woodworking classes, students have made Adirondack chairs and Christmas trees.
Mary Brewer, special education teacher and vocational education placement, said she is pleased with this new relationship.
“I am very happy SRVS took over the Tipton County facility. We would like to partner with SRVS throughout the year, especially in the school year, with community service in the summer. We are interested in serving more in the community as well as Memphis, because it gives students an opportunity to learn skills needed once they leave high school. We hope there to be less transition to learning center or to job opportunity because of this relationship. It’s a positive move for us.”
Ginny Oceguera, manager of SRVS/Tipton County Enhanced Learning Center, agreed.
"We are excited about partnering with Munford High School. This has been a very meaningful and joyful experience for the people we support and a valuable learning opportunity to connect with other people who face similar challenges."
For more information, go to www.srvs.org.