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Skyview Serves Up Life Skills Event for Students with Disabilities

Skyview Middle School students with disabilities practiced math, reading and everyday life skills Sept. 11 when a local food truck visited the school. Paraprofessional, Devon Marry, coordinated the occasion with Stephanie Perry, case manager.


District 49 subscribes to News2You curriculum, which is frequently used with students with disabilities and helps them with handwriting, nouns and verbs, cooking, crafts and science.


Their “Food Truck Festival” unit inspired the tasty, real life visit from Marlee Ray’s Food Truck. “Many of our students are nonverbal, so they could use pictures to communicate what each wanted to order on their burger,” shared Perry. “They even got to pick side dishes with pictures.”


The duo of staff members found the food truck vendor on Facebook, and the business agreed to support the project.


Besides helping the students learn about how to order and pay for a meal, the food truck cooked up camaraderie for students and staff as they enjoyed lunch together. “This is the best burger ever!” remarked Alijah Stafford, eighth grader.

Kai Stevens, eighth grader, uses pictures to order his burger during the food truck visit Sept. 11 at SMS.  . Mikaela Timmerwilke, sixth grader, orders a burger from Marlee Ray’s Food Truck Sept. 11 at SMS.  . Josie Pellegrin, seventh grader, gives a “thumbs up” to the lunch she ordered from Marlee Ray’s Food Truck Sept. 11 at SMS.

Amy Matisek
719-495-1149, ext. 2136