DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington County students with disabilities and their parents took advantage of the Darlington County Transition Team’s first open house events recently to learn about available services while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere.
The Transition Team is an allied network of parents and agencies providing educational, employment and community support to ensure that all students with disabilities can participate in their communities, access further training and education, and obtain employment after transitioning to life after school.
The Transition Team’s drop-in events at Darlington High and Hartsville High schools drew sizeable crowds and a long list of Transition Team partners. For two hours in the evening, students and parents visited the schools to ask questions, pick up information and resources, and enjoy some free food.
“The teachers and the Transition Team members who planned the event did a wonderful job,” a collective statement from the Transition Team said. “Thank you for all of the support from the Darlington County School District and school administrators.
“We really appreciate all of the schools and agencies that helped make the events successful, and we’re excited about the enthusiasm shown by parents and students. From the time a child enters school, proper planning and appropriate support should develop a pathway to a successful future as an independent citizen.”
The Transition Team plans to hold more informational sessions for parents in the future. The team is also in the process of developing methods of embedding related information into events that already take place throughout the school year.
Partners with the Darlington County Transition Team for the open house events included:
• Darlington High and Hartsville High school academic programs, Section 504 contacts and guidance departments
• S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice
• Coastal Carolina University LIFE Program
• Walmart of Darlington
• Vocational Rehabilitation
• SC Works
• Darlington County Institute of Technology
• Florence-Darlington Technical College
• Francis Marion University
• Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act contacts
• Papa John’s of Hartsville and Darlington for donating pizzas
• Walmart of Hartsville for donating door prizes
Darlington County School District is a countrywide district that serves more than 10,400 students in 23 schools and Darlington County Adult Education. For more information about the district’s programs, please visit www.darlington.k12.sc.us.
Click here to download photos from the Darlington County Transition Team's Open Houses