Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

WCE Grads Win Making Waves Foundation Grant at Ashley H.S.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Making Waves Foundation has awarded a grant to provide bus passes for students enrolled in the Specially Designed Academics program in the Exceptional Children’s Department at Ashley High School.

Kristen Strickland ’14, Molly McGowan ’15 and Ashley Haynes ’14 applied for the grant to help facilitate community outings for students. The teachers also worked with Wave Transit to arrange for transportation closer to the school.

Community outings are part of the SDA curriculum, but coordination has been challenging at Ashley because seven of the 25 students enrolled in the EC SDA program use wheelchairs, and the school is not located near a city bus stop, Strickland said. The grant and the new transportation arrangements will enable teachers to provide more enriching experiences for students.

In an email announcing the grant, Ashley assistant principal Kimberly A. Morrissey ’07, ’11M thanked the SDA teachers “for continuing to work around obstacles to give our Ashley Eagles the best high school experience they could ask for!”

Strickland, McGowan and Hayes are all graduates of WCE’s Special Education Adapted Curriculum program, coordinated by WCE professor Linda Mechling.

The Making Waves Foundation provides transportation fare subsidies to nonprofit agencies that provide assistance to members of the community in need and individuals who otherwise would not have access to transportation. The foundation also aids the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, known as Wave Transit, in raising funds to promote and improve public transportation in Southeastern North Carolina. The foundation was created in 2010 by Wave Transit board members and staff.

For information on the foundation, visit wavetransit.com/foundation.aspx.