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D211 Post: Hoffman Estates Students Get Lesson in Public Transportation

            Representatives from Pace Bus and JJs List, held a “Hop on the Bus” training at Hoffman Estates High School.  During the 90-minute session, students in Hoffman Estates High School’s special education department learned how to independently use public transportation.             “This training is really setting a foundation for the future,” said Edward Madden, Coordinator of Public Outreach for Pace.  “Whether they use a fixed-route bus now or in 15 years we want them to have a positive experience.”    &nbs...

Community Members Invited to Upcoming Halloween Trunk or Treat Event at Higgins Education Center

Community members are invited to a Halloween-themed event that not only allows children to “trick or treat,” but also provides valuable information about community resources. This year’s Halloween Trunk or Treat event will take place on Oct. 20 at the Higgins Education Center, 1030 W. Higgins Rd., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Higgins Education Center in partnership with the Palatine Opportunity Center, and admission is free for both children and adults. The event is a great opportunity to learn about the programs and services offered through District 211. Individuals and families can tour the Higgins Education Center ...

Annual Directions 2016 Event Approaching for Students in Special Education

In an effort to help encourage and provide guidance for parents transitioning their students out of high school and into vocational or collegiate opportunities after graduation, District 211 is part of a team of local educational institutions participating in Directions College and Career Fair 2016. The event, which will take place on Sept. 27 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the District 214 Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., in Arlington Heights, is sponsored by Township High School District 211, High School District 214, Barrington Community Unit School District 220, St. Viator High School, William Rainey Harper College, and ...

District 211 ATP Program Changes Lives Through Creating Opportunities

Three days a week Allison Meehan goes to work. She runs through her morning routines and makes sure she gets herself to work at the local police department on time. Allison, or “A-Team” as her coworkers call her, is always interested in learning new tasks and starts the day’s projects with a smile on her face. Her hard work and love for her community show as she enthusiastically jokes around in the office while breezing through her work. While Allison’s day sounds similar to many, it is how she got there that is truly unique. Allison also has an intellectual disability that challenges her in her day-to-day life, but she has developed ...

Palatine High School’s Cupcakes for a Cause Event Seeks Volunteers, Bakers

Palatine High School is gearing up for its annual Cupcakes for a Cause fundraiser hosted by the Special Education Department. The event will take place on March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria, and all proceeds from this event will go to special education clubs, activities, and programs, including Special Olympics, Best Buddies, PAC Club, LLS Program, SPED Art Club, On Our Own club, PEP Squad, SCED Program, and additional donations will be given to ELS families in crisis. The event is open for the entire family. At Cupcakes for a Cause, cupcakes, coffee, water, and milk will be available for purchase. There will be free children...

District 211 Higgins Education Center Offers Centralized Location for Multiple Special Education Programs

District 211 offers several special education programs that meet the needs of its students and community, and for the first time many of those programs will be housed in one centralized building. The District 211 Higgins Education Center, 1030 W. Higgins Rd., is undergoing renovations to house programs that were either outside of District 211 boundaries or did not have a permanent structure. The building will offer greater efficiency of support, administration, transportation services, and utilization of the District’s facilities. “The centralized location of the Higgins Education Center will allow us to serve our students within the ...

Businesses Honored for Partnerships, Worksites Provided to D211 Students with Special Needs

Several community businesses were recently recognized for their partnership with District 211 to provide worksites for students with special needs. The businesses were honored by the Board of Education at its Feb.12 meeting. There are 23 local businesses that partner with District 211, and through these partnerships the District is able to provide students with true-to-life work experiences that help prepare students for their lives after high school. “The transition from high school to young adulthood can be nerve-racking and complex for students with disabilities,” said Renée Erickson, director of Special Education at District 211.  ...