CC Day 2015
CSIU hosts special event for area students
For students with speech and language challenges, relaying messages to others can be difficult, and some rely on alternative communication devices to express their thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. During a recent event at the CSIU, approximately 85 students were given the opportunity to “talk” with each other.
The 19th annual Celebrate Communicate Day (CC Day) featured activities, entertainment and games that encouraged all levels of communication ability. Students used electronic voice output devices, language boards and applications on tablet computers to engage in conversations with one another.
"The focus of CC Day is to provide a comfortable environment where each student’s method of communication is accepted and supported," said Jennifer Williams, CSIU director of special education.
Dave and Clair Parks of Bloomsburg attended their third CC Day with their daughter Alissa, and said the day is an opportunity for Alissa to work on and improve her communication skills.
“We are very thankful we can participate in CC Day,” said Clair. “Alissa loves attending and learns something new each year,” she added.
This year’s theme was “Hey Howdy Hey! It’s Celebrate Communicate Day!” and the CSIU central office featured decorations and activities tailored to the movie “Toy Story." Staff and volunteers, who were dressed as “Toy Story" characters, interacted with children throughout the event.
Former CC Day participants, along with students from the CSIU's Work Foundations + program, set up and conducted games and activities like bowling, golf and face painting.
CSIU Executive Director Dr. Kevin Singer thanked parents, teachers, staff and volunteers for their commitment to making the day a success.
Photo captions (from top to bottom): Alissa Parks poses for a photo with Woody, a character from the movie "Toy Story." Derek Hunsinger of Bloomsburg interacts with CSIU Speech Therapist Gail Moore. Seger Landis and Britney Heintzelman, both of Midd-West School District, pose for a photo at the event.