NWTF / ECSD Partnership


ECSD Students Attend School at NWTF

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Left to Right: Dorothy Godwin, Caitlin Whitt, Seleste Lomax, Cassandra Luttrull and Jorge Valenzuela

Four Strom Thurmond High School students are attending school at the National Wild Turkey Federation. "The people at NWTF have been very nice to us. I really like to help others out and learn new things. It has been great," beamed Seleste Lomax, STHS senior.

Each week, the four seniors work in the warehouse and the Palmetto Shooting Complex. The students' work in the warehouse includes pulling, packaging and shipping items all over the country. The warehouse activities involve more than 20 steps, and the students have reached the point where they do most of the work independently. The shipments include items from pins to furniture to camping and hunting gear.

The students' activities at the Palmetto Shooting Complex include cleaning the courses of shotgun shells, trash and cardboard. Some days the students prepare for events by setting up tables and chairs. "The program is fantastic. The students are getting real-life experiences and learning what it means to have a job," stated Cassandra Luttrull, teacher. Luttrull and the students spend each day at the NWTF gaining practical work experiences and completing academic assignments.

"This program is a dream come true," said Ann Marie Taylor, director of the Office of Exceptional Children. "Having the NWTF as a community partner to collaborate with us to provide our students this great experience is significant."

"The students have acclimated wonderfully to the work setting and have developed some great job skills such as interacting with co-workers, asking for help, working independently, and socializing with the public," added Luttrull.

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