Friday, July 12, 2013

Education Foundation gets grant for VOICES II

New program will assist post-graduate special needs students


    The Blaine County Education Foundation announced this week that it has received a $4,235 grant from the Windermere Foundation to help fund VOICES II, a new Blaine County School District program to assist special needs students who have attended four years of high school.
    According to a new release, VOICES II will assist the students with “vocational and life skills training that will support their ability to live and work independently.” Wood River High School special education teacher Jamie Ellison has been appointed VOICES II director.
    “The BCSD VOICES II program is honored to be located in a community where organizations like Windermere Real Estate see the value in a complete education for all students,” Ellison said. “This grant will assist students like Thomas by providing opportunities to use life skills in functional and practical ways, on a daily basis.”
    Ellison was referring to VOICES II student Thomas Moell, who said, “I am really excited to be with my friends so I can learn everything I need to know to work hard.”
    Windermere Foundation funding is provided by all local Windermere agents through contributions made at each closing. Real estate agents in both the Hailey and Ketchum Windermere offices, which are independently owned and operated, accumulate funds from agents’ transactions. Those funds in turn are awarded to local organizations.
    “If you bought or sold a home through Windermere Real Estate, you are a part of the Windermere Foundation and you have made a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors in need,” the news release states.
    “The Blaine County Education Foundation is pleased that the Windermere Foundation has provided their generous funding to support young adults involved in the VOICES II program,” said Jennifer Haemmerle, co-chair of the Education Foundation.

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