The transition program plans to open a store at the former Danville Elementary School building, located on Front Street, later this fall to sell items made at the Hackey House, said Krista Seldomridge, transition coordinator for Danville High School.
Lauren Reibsome, a Danville High School freshman who just started with the Hackey House program, has been helping create jewelry and other items. Like many transition students, Lauren also works in the community as well, in her case at Mill Street’s Fancy Pants Boutique. There, she helps take inventory, stock shelves and cleans the store.
“I like it because you get to know people at the job and you get to learn how to do the job,” she said.
The benefits of the students learning crafts both at the Hackey House and at local businesses is that they learn to work as a team, develop motor skills and cooperation, said Stefanovige.
“Since we’ve come here, it’s so interesting to hear the parents talk about how they’ve grown,” said Stine.
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Hackey House jewelry can also be purchased at Mill Street’s Princess Fancy Pants Boutique.
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