Unveiling the W.T. Clarke REACH Apartment

Unveiling the W.T. Clarke REACH Apartment Photo
The district has brought a world of new opportunities to students in the W.T. Clarke REACH Program with the grand unveiling of the school’s first REACH apartment. 

Across from the REACH classroom, members of central administration, former Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo, SEPTA representatives, and REACH faculty, staff and students attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to see the finished project on June 19. 
  
The REACH apartment is a 21st Century Learning center equipped with a full kitchen, laundry area, bed, living room and dining room designed to provide students with day-to-day living experiences and vocational skills. It is furnished with marble countertops, a sink and cutting-edge appliances, including a washing machine, dryer, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Cabinets and drawers are labeled with images and vocabulary words to help students make the connection with where items such as dishes, utensils and supplies are stored.

Welcomed guests were invited to tour the apartment and view the amenities while enjoying light refreshments.  
The apartment is a result of the dedication, collaboration and efforts of the Board of Education, administration, and W.T. Clarke faculty and facilities staff. The district extends a special thank-you to P.C. Richard & Son, Mr. Jay Appliances, Mattress Firm and other local vendors for donating the supplies, appliances and furniture for this modern apartment.  

Patrice Dobies, the district’s Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, acknowledged those who helped make this dream a reality. 

“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support of our students in helping them grow to be independent and productive adults,” said Dobies. “This room, which has been a dream of mine for 10 years, will help our students improve the quality of their lives and learn daily skills such as cooking, making a bed and doing laundry.”