More than 130 people from across 14 Montgomery County school districts came to Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) recently to take advantage of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) Resource Expo.
"Colonial was a great partner for the event," said Kris Koberlein, MCIU Project Consultant for the Office of Student Services. "The Colonial School District was a welcoming community."
The Resource Expo gave families of students with special needs a chance to speak with more than 50 vendors, including representatives from colleges, technical programs, advocacy groups, employment and community supports, special needs financial planners and more.
"The thing that stood out most to me was not only the interaction between parents and vendors, but the interactions between parents," said Daniel Currie, Assistant Director of Student Services for the MCIU. "It truly was a balance of resource sharing and social connection for families!"
Colonial School District's Special Education Transition Coordinator, Emily Prager, organized the event, which was held in the high school cafeteria. Many of the District's special education teachers and administrators also supported families by attending the event, and students from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and Whitemarsh Elementary School served as greeters.
"It was really impressive to see all the Colonial staff and students who volunteered their time," added Mr. Currie.
With the success of the event and the convenience of accessing Plymouth Whitemarsh High School from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 476 (the Blue Route), Karen Berk, Colonial School District's Director of Pupil Services, is hoping to bring the event back to PWHS in the future.
"Feedback was terrific," said Mrs. Berk. "I'm hoping that this annual county-wide event has found a new home."