The Hall High School Board of Education learned about some great things happening at the school during this week’s meeting. The Hall DEEDs (Dedicated to Each and Every Devil) is a cooperative club between regular education students and students in the life skills program led by sponsor Jessica Strouss.
The Hall DEEDs program is a member of the Illinois Unified Champion Schools, and the goal is to unify people with and without disabilities. Several activities have taken place this school year.
On Sept. 27, Hall DEEDs participated in a unified Cheer Night with the Hall High School Cheerleaders during the varsity football game versus St. Bede. Fifteen students participated, in addition to the cheerleaders after practicing for five days with several cheerleaders.
Hall DEEDs students also have been busy stocking and prepping the concession stands for football and volleyball games. Students are responsible for checking dates on items, moving the older items to the front and newer items to the back, organizing all products in the concession stand, helping with inventory ordering, and prepping food before the games.
Students also volunteer during the games to work in the concession stands.
On Oct. 10, Hall DEEDs put on its first Move-a-Thon — modified Walk-a-Thon to promote awareness of including people with disabilities. This also was a fundraiser with proceeds paying the remaining costs of Special Olympic uniforms and other items for the classroom. All staff and students were invited to join in the event. Participants walked for 15 minutes and could stop by awareness tables to hear presentations about four specific disabilities presented by students in the DEEDs program.
Hall DEEDs students also have been working on their cooking skills. Students have prepped and served four desserts, one breakfast and one set of freezer meals to the staff. Students plan grocery lists, shop for items and prepare the items that are served.