Affinis Engineer Makes Time to Help Out with MOVEPosted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Les Hamilton
In Community, Helping Out, tagged in Tags: Mentoring
Several years ago, while participating in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s PIE (Partners in Education) and CPAT (Career Pathways Advisory Team) for students in the STEM curriculum, I learned about another of the district’s valuable programs, MOVE (Making Opportunities in Vocational Education). The focus of the program is helping special needs students prepare for a full and rewarding life after high school. The program is best described by the philosophy shared by all the students; “I believe I can make a positive contribution to my community”.
The MOVE program hosts an annual Job Olympics for students from area high schools. There are competitive skills events, such as child care, carpentry, computer skills, food preparation, dish washing, stocking shelves, and bagging groceries. There are also competitive non-skilled events such as job interviewing and professional appearance. Last week marked my 5th time serving as a judge for the non-skilled events. I was amazed at how many students remembered me from year to year.
As someone who just comes into these kids’ lives for a day it is obvious how much hard work they put in to get ready for the competition and how much it means to them. I will always enjoy mentoring future engineers, but there is also a good deal of satisfaction in supporting any student trying to make a positive contribution to the community.