By Jennifer Kolarik, Career Coordinator, & Ryan Therriault, Academic Coordinator
On Friday, July 17th, Brevard Center staff and students had the pleasure of visiting and volunteering for the Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC) in Melbourne, Florida.
The SCEIC’s goal is to find new ways to serve children with disabilities and promote inclusion in early childhood settings. CIP students have volunteered previously for the SCEIC’s annual Autism Awareness Festival, a fundraising event, as well as one of their Pokemon social nights. However, for many of our students, it was their first time visiting the center.
Jay Mikush, one of our new students and the photographer for our trip, found it very interesting to learn about the center’s mission as well as about one of their students, Jack. Jay said, “It was sad to hear about Jack’s struggles since he was born but amazing to see how much he has grown and accomplished with the help of the SCEIC.”
Our students gave back by tackling a variety of tasks at the center. Some students helped put together a brand new Little Tykes Water & Sand Table. Others assisted with labeling documents, cleaning carpets, and washing windows. CIP students Moultrie Woodall, Brian King, Andy Gulley, Peter Snell and Ryan Therriault, Academic Coordinator, worked on a lean-to that was constructed out of bamboo and palm fronds. The team first cut and gathered fronds from a nearby lot.
Then they worked together weaving the fronds into a grid of bamboo. Of course, it was a bit hot, since it was summer in Florida, but the students enjoyed this variation from their typical schedule and also enjoyed interacting with the curious children who were participating in a water event nearby. We ended our trip by taking a group picture and then listening to classic rock on the way home.
To learn more about the Space Coast Early Intervention Center, to see a picture of Jack or to make a donation, go to www.sceic.com. We look forward to helping the SCEIC carry out its mission for many years to come.