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Transition Tuesday: Day School Students Show Support for Annual Jessie Games Event

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 by The Children's Institute


Students Holding Up Their Jessie Games Signs
Transition-age students Wayne, Noah, and Maggie weren’t shy as they proudly held up their colorful signs created for use at the fifth annual Jessie Games event put on by Catholic Charities – to occur Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Central Catholic High School from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Created in honor of Jessie Egan Smith, the Jessie Games event invites friends, clients, and donors of Catholic Charities to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of food and games, while also supporting the charities’ youth programming – including art therapy and counseling for youth experiencing loss and trauma, as well as a back-to-school program that provides shoes and clothing for children in need.

While the Games provide fun for families with children up to age 12, this year it also created an opportunity for extended school year (ESY) students at The Day School at The Children’s Institute to showcase their skills while helping the community.


“They understand the difference we’re making and how it helps others,” said Lisa Paglia, a community-based instruction facilitator for students in The Day School.

“I showed them the Jessie Games website. We talked about the good the event brings and that was a nice learning experience. I’m really big into trying to teach them how to give back to the community,” she said.

Popcorn Sign Created by StudentsWayne, Noah, and Maggie were quick to choose from a list of signs that Jessie Games organizers needed created. “I actually had a long list of signs from the organizers,” said Paglia. “I let the students pick from the list and, right away, they chose popcorn – because they all love popcorn,” laughed Paglia.

Creating event signage allowed students to further work on a variety of learned skills. “In our Work, Evaluation and Training Center (Work, ETC), we have a vinyl printer, which we’ve taught some individuals to use. Students worked together on the computers to make their own choices about how to make the signs – what colors, what fonts, what clipart; it was all hands-on,” said Paglia.

“Creating the signs allowed them to use their computer skills and practice running the vinyl printer. Allowing them to make their own choices in picking out materials and working together as a group are opportunities we always like to create for them because after they graduate, they won’t have the 1:1 instruction most of the time; they’ll be in group environments,” said Paglia.

“The Board at the Jessie Games was very much about the signs being what the students wanted them to be. They were so appreciative of us helping out.”


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