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HawkShop

December 30th – January 12th

HawkShop at Higgins Middle School is a partnership between caring adults, students with disabilities, and typically developing peers formed with the mission to engage in social, vocational, and community based experience with a positive, goal oriented focus that will meet a need within our school community and support our school values by providing students-in-need with access to clothing, toiletries, and staple food items. All items are donated by the community and offered free-of-charge to those students. HawkShop was started by a group of educators who recognized a need within our school community and found inspiration in other successful school based and local programs. We recognize that students have basic needs that must be met, and meeting these needs can improve students’ readiness for learning, attendance, social and emotional well-being, and confidence. Higgins Middle School is the largest middle school in New England, serving all middle school-aged children in Peabody, nearly 1,500 students in grades six through eight. Student participants are members of our Higgins Middle School community. Special needs students learn vocational and social skills as they stock and maintain the shop alongside of their typical peers. All are students who exhibit our school’s values and who are motivated to enhance their own learning and social engagement as well as to support their peers.
 

Reese

Reese

Dueces and Love You Design

Reese was born on September 16, 2011 & surprised us with a diagnosis of Down syndrome along with a congenital heart defect. We spent much of her first year at Children’s Mercy Hospital rotating through a variety of specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, gastroenterology, audiology, ophthalmology & endocrinology. CMH was like a second home to us. On April 25, 2012, Reese underwent open heart surgery that literally saved her life. We are forever indebted to the staff at Children’s Mercy & would like to give a little back to show our appreciation.

As a toddler, Reese received weekly PT, OT & speech therapy. She showed an early affinity for sign language & ASL was her primary mode of communication until her speech emerged. Although she now rarely signs, we will always hold sign language near & dear to our heart. Reese loves school & just graduated from first grade. In her spare time, she takes dance & gymnastics, films makeup “tutorials” and terrorizes her three sisters. Reese loves animals (she has three dogs, two cats & a revolving door of foster animals), so we decided to partner with the animal therapy program at CMH for this project.

Reese’s sister, Reagan, is the most artistically inclined person in our family, so she helped Reese with the designs. Reagan drew the majority of the images while Reese added the color & text. It was such a fun collaboration for the two.

Sean

Sean

Sun Design for HawkShop

Sean’s bio coming soon.