Last Friday, our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Builders were back at work, but this time they were building a toolbox! Students came prepared with safety googles, nails, glue wood pieces ready to hammer away. We have never seen them more excited! As facilitators Kathy Gorman-Gard and Donna Mansolillo gave step-by-step instructions, the class followed along listening to directions carefully and really took on their role as builders for the day.

Right from the start, students had to troubleshoot to find which method of hammering would work best to get the nails securely in the wood. Some students had to use small taps where others had to hit the nails much harder.  After getting the nails in and securely fastened, the students went on to complete their toolbox! They all did a great job and now can use their toolbox to keep items organized at home.

Once the activity was completed, HDS Foundation Program Manager, Liz Falk took this opportunity to speak about the HDS Foundation “Toolbox for Success”, which was created by Cristina Gilson Miranda, HDS Foundation President & Chairman. This toolbox was created to equip students, parents, and families with the necessary tools that would help them have a smooth transition from high school to their post-secondary journey. Liz emphasized the importance of utilizing the following “tools” and how they would help them plan for a self-sufficient life: Parents and Families, Support System, Self-Advocacy, Strengths and Interests, and Community Resources.

We are so proud of our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students as they continue to work on Independence, Development, Growth & Social Skills throughout their weekly Community Based Instruction activities!

Make sure to check out our Resource page, so you can begin building YOUR Toolbox for Success!