The Zionsville Community High School STEP “Student Transition Employment Partnership” program is now in its fifth year of a very valuable partnership with the Carmel Home Depot. Collaborative and creative activities, as well as helpful Home Depot employees and school staff, have contributed to the partnership’s success. It is difficult to say who benefits more: the students, the employees or the community.
Monthly store workshops have included a combination of practical home repairs, such as patching drywall, painting, and removing nails, replacing door knobs, locks and faucets, with some take-home projects.
Since November, students have created Balance Boards and Balance Beams at the store in our workshop time. These are to be used at various schools in our system by Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists while they work with elementary, middle and high schools student as part of their therapy.
Home Depot has worked with the staff at the high school to provide supplies and to organize and facilitate a valuable experience for our students. Parents state that their sons and daughters are proud of the finished products that they are able to then share with others. Skills are developed and enhanced in areas that are pertinent to transitions into adulthood.
The Zionsville High School students and staff are grateful for this partnership with Home Depot and what it provides for our students and the students of our school system.