Pocahontas School District starts inclusion program

Pocahontas School District starts inclusion program

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Pocahontas Public School has started an inclusion program for disabled students.

The program, Circle of Friends, pairs disabled students with non-disabled peers during hours outside of the classroom.

The pairs will spend time with one another during times like lunch and recess.

The program is meant to help disabled students gain social and communication skills.

Pocahontas Special Education Coordinator Sara Martin said skills like this cannot always be learned within the walls of a classroom.

"This really is hopefully going to be an avenue to address all of those challenges, students will build friendships that will last, their self esteem will increase, their confidence and things that they can really take from here out into the real world," Martin said.

Martin says the district has been researching and trying several programs over the last few years.

Many believe this program will benefit both disabled and non-disabled students in Pocahontas.

The program will begin this school year.

Facilitators will come in during the beginning of September to start the program.

Many parents, students and faculty members are excited for this new opportunity, according to Martin.

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