Local businesses offer special needs high school students real-world experience
Riley Lewis glows and a huge smile spreads across his face when he talks about his work helping stuff, label and seal thousands of envelopes for Hilton Head Monthly. “They said we did good!” the 19-year-old Bluffton High School special needs student said.
Riley is one of approximately 30 students who took part in BHS’ Community Based Instruction program during the 2008-09 school year. The program is intended to give Beaufort County’s special needs high school students real-world experience at local businesses.English Brown, the school’s job coach, coordinates the BHS program. “The students have a sense of, ‘I’ve really accomplished something,’ when they’ve finished a job,” said Brown. “The other side is getting them out into the community and letting the general community see that these people are productive and valuable.”