2019 started off with a bang for the BRIDGES program at Cypress Bay High School. Field trips and activities where the students could practice such daily life skills as budgeting and social skills kept the class entertained. A benefit of the BRIDGES program for the students is this program addresses skills that many people often take for granted, such as:

  • Budgeting/Banking 
  • Resources 
  • Independent Functioning 
  • Development 
  • Education and 
  • Social Skills 

The first trip of the year to practice these life skills was to Lucille’s Café, which we detailed in a previous blog post. This was quickly followed with a field trip to Vista Park. Pablo Rodriguez led the activities which were focused on team building. Later in January, the class went to Peace Mound Park for scavenger hunt activity. Here the students were partnered and had to search for clues on the park trail and answer questions. This activity also fostered team building and learning to work together. The last field trip of January was a trip to Bank of America followed by lunch at Mission BBQ. At Bank of America, students used the outdoor ATM to deposit cash into their checking accounts. Once everyone had replenished their accounts, they headed to Mission BBQ where they not only enjoyed lunch, but they got to participate in singing the National Anthem along with the employees. The manager visited the class where everyone was complimented and invited to come back for job training. All in all, it was a busy January and the BRIDGES program at Cypress Bay High School is looking forward to more fun outings throughout the year. 

If you would like more information on the HDS Foundation, and how your donations can help fund great programs such as BRIDGES, contact Carla Otiniano, Program Manager via email at [email protected] or call 954-217-9597 ext 259.