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Two Grads Preparing for Next Step

by John Paul II Center for Special Learning

May 31, 2019

Both Angel Maldonado-Flores (right) and Sam Stoudt (left) will be graduating from JPII this year.

SHILLINGTON – On Monday, JUNE 3 at 12:30p.m., two students will be graduating from John Paul II Center for Special Learning. Angel Maldonado-Flores and Sam Stoudt are both looking forward to the ceremony and what lies ahead.

A little info about both of our grads:

Angel (son of Ms. Flores) started at John Paul II Center when he was 15 years old. In his later school years, he has focused on learning the life- and job-skills he will need post-graduation. After graduation, Angel will attend JPII’s Adult Program on a part-time basis where he will continue to focus on personal goals. He also plans to continue working with Service Access and Management (SAM) and the Office of Vocation and Rehabilitation to look for specialized employment.

Similarly, Sam (son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Stoudt) started at JPII when he was 15. He is very active is community programs such as Yocum Institute’s special needs dance class, Berks County Special Olympics, and the Dream League (baseball). After graduation, Sam will attend JPII’s Adult Program part-time and continue to work with his habilitation worker to look for social and volunteer opportunities within the community.

John Paul II Center’s graduation ceremony will be held at the school and will include a Mass. Both are open to the public.

A quote from Mary Adams, Principal:

“We are so excited for Angel and Sam to step out into the world and become contributing members of society. We wish them many blessings as they continue on their journey in life.”

About John Paul II Center For Special Learning

Everyone has a purpose in life. As a values-based organization, John Paul II Center for Special Learning encourages children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore their purpose and reach for goals through unique special education and social programming.

Students ages three to 21 are able to learn and grow throughout our School-Age Program, with the later years focusing on transition and life skills.

We know stability and continuity are important to those with special needs, so we’ve made transition as seamless as possible.

After graduation, students may have the option to move directly to our 21+ Adult Program, giving them the opportunity to continue developing skills while making individual needs a priority.

Like everyone else, people with disabilities have the capacity to make significant contributions to the community and to the world by utilizing their God-given talents. We’re here to help them along the way.

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