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Challenged Champions event is highlighted

Monday, April 2, 2012

Members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) heard of an exciting new program initiated by the Pierce City School District: Challenged Champions Field Day. The announcement was made at the tax board's regular quarterly meeting in March.

Izetta Osmond, Pierce City special education director and LCDD board member, said the school district had set up a special field day event for challenged students. Activities will be modified based on the participant's abilities.

"All Barry and Lawrence county schools have been invited to participate," Osmond said. "Our ag department is building a ramp for some of the activities. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, medal and ribbon."

Osmond said activities would be modified to accommodate participants' abilities.

"Each event will have heats that include four participants," she said. "There will be a first, second and third place winner and an honorable mention. Each kid will walk away with a ribbon or medal."

Members of the JROTC Color Guard will open the ceremonies, followed by the Parade of Champions onto the field. Concessions will be available.

Osmond said if students typically require aides, those will have to be provided by the participant's family.

"This is the first event of its kind in Barry-Lawrence county area," Osmond said. "We are hoping to get a number of high school volunteers and generate interest in young people entering various fields of employment that deal with special needs clients."

The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 12, at the Pierce City High School football and track field.

In other business, board members were given the results of a survey conducted by Community Support Services (CSS) Case Management.

Rebecca Ridette, director of case management with CSS, said 200 surveys were mailed out to clients in the Barry and Lawrence County area.

"Our goal is an 80 percent satisfaction rate, and CSS surpassed those goals with a 96.64 percent satisfaction rate," Ridette said. Most of the results expressed satisfaction and confidence in the manner CSS employees assisted and interacted with clients.

Ridette said approximately 35 percent of the surveys were completed and returned, which is a very good rate.

There are a total of six case managers for the bi-county area.

A Transition and Resource Expo is planned to take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at the Southwest Area Career Center in Monett.

The event will provide support for clients and families with transitioning clients from school to work and community. Exhibitors will discuss employment opportunities, case management, community activities, college and financial aid, self-directed services, community and in-home services, future planning, guardianship, advocacy, legal services, health and wellness and technology.

The next meeting of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at 403 E. Elm St. in Aurora.

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