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Hillcrest students learn about their community

Kent Vocational Options and Community Based Occupational Training students visit WZZM TV
Dan Harland and Aaron Ofseyer pose with the HC1 students in front of the WZZM news vehicle entered into ArtPrize.

Dan Harland and Aaron Ofseyer pose with the HC1 students in front of the WZZM news vehicle entered into ArtPrize. /Photo taken by HC1 instructional staff.

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At Kent Vocational Options and Community Based Occupational Training (KVO/CBOT) our vision is to advocate for and educate every student to be independent, authentic and fulfilled members of their community and to educate the larger community of the unique talents, skills and value every individual with disabilities can provide society.

In an ongoing effort to put this vision into practice, the KVO/CBOT Hillcrest 1 (HC1) classroom participated in a tour of the WZZM studios. As with you, our students frequently access this and other media outlets to learn about their neighborhoods.

This community based instructional activity offered a wonderful opportunity to see behind the scenes; to meet the individuals responsible for producing and sharing West Michigan news that affects them. We would like to thank the team at WZZM TV for allowing our students to learn and experience another aspect of their world.

It is because of the generosity of our community partners that it is possible to expand and enrich the lives of our students. It is because of these experiences that the greater Grand Rapids and surrounding Kent County community can learn about our students and their unique perspective and gifts they have to offer.

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