Jeremiah Hurlburt and special education teacher Ellen Hubbard work in the Ticonderoga Middle School cafeteria. Hurlburt is the first student in a new program to teach life skills to students with learning difficulties.
continued Hurlburt is a man of few words, but he did smile and offer a resounding “Yes” when asked if he enjoyed his work.
This summer Hurlburt hopes to work with the school maintenance staff.
While Hurlburt is learning, he’s also earning. Hurlburt is paid for his work at school, which provides another opportunity to learn.
“He’s learning about money and how to handle it,” Hubbard said. “We have an account set up for him and he has to make decisions on how to spend his money. He likes to buy games for his computer.”
Hurlburt is setting a standard for the new program at Ti Middle School.
“As we look a different learners and disabilities we have to be creative in using the resources of our school district,” Hubbard said. “We have meaningful jobs these students can do as they learn important skills.
“The sky’s the limit for Jeremiah and other students,” she added. “There’s no cap on the things they can accomplish here, especially with the support we’ve received. Jeremiah’s a great example for other students who can benefit from this type of learning.”