LETTER: Hospitality for post-high students appreciated

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

LETTER: Hospitality for post-high students appreciated – Culpeper Star-Exponent, 5/26/16

By Nancy Tschida
Thank you to all the wonderful Culpeper businesses who graciously welcomed my post-high students to work as interns in your establishments during this school year. Our Post High program at Culpeper County Public Schools is a community-based program for students aged 18 – 21 who have special needs.
The program depends on people like you to allow our students to gain valuable work experience and improve their interpersonal skills in a business environment.
Thanks to the following businesses/groups who welcomed our students in to work this year: McDonald’s Restaurant (General Manager Angel, Managers Marcia and Diane), Goodwill Industries (Manager Don, employees Trish and Patsy), Culpeper Sport and Racquet Club (Owner-Manager Preston and Assistant Manager Michelle), Gary’s Ace Hardware (Manager Sheila, Assistant Managers Mickey and Tina and employee Patricia), and Manna Ministry (all the volunteers from Mountain View Community Church who host free lunch each Monday in the Culpeper Presbyterian Church hall). We appreciate your hospitality and kindness to our students and look forward to working with you again.
We also want to thank Oak Shade Methodist Church for hosting our “Candy Land” prom. Church members graciously made their fellowship hall available to us again this year. They also helped tremendously with setup and cleanup. Prom is our big social event of the year, and we include current and former Post High/CCHS students and families, as well as a group of students/families from Rappahannock County. Students and adults alike danced the evening away to music provided by DJ Darrell Wampler.
The State Theatre has been another wonderful venue for our students. Executive Director Steven Barker has welcomed us in for monthly movies of our choice, complete with snacks. Thank you to the accommodating staff at the theatre for allowing our students to practice their social skills in such a beautiful venue.
Nancy Tschida
Rixeyville