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John Paul II Center For Special Learning Hosts Virtual Pizza Party

By John Paul II Center for Special Learning

John Paul II Center For Special Learning Hosts Virtual Pizza Party

The end of the school year has been challenging, but the staff, students and adults at John Paul II Center for Special Learning (JPII) successfully transitioned to distance learning and found new ways to celebrate annual traditions in a virtual format. One of those traditions is the annual end of year pizza party, which many thought wouldn’t happen this year. The JPII staff, however, started thinking outside the (pizza) box and has found a way to continue this tradition and bring the entire center together to enjoy homemade pizza.

Simon insists on wearing his JPII uniform when he attends the virtual sessions.
2020 Graduate, Cruz
2020 Graduate, Yanessa

Traditionally, the pizza party is held in the cafeteria the last week of school with everyone enjoying pizza and celebrating the end of the school year. On Monday, June 1, JPII staff will assemble “Pizza Party To Go” kits that include pizza crust, sauce and cheese along with a detailed task analysis sheet. Task analyses are designed to help the students and the adults successfully complete tasks given to them in the proper order. These kits will be delivered to every student and adult on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the virtual party on Wednesday, June 3. Following the step-by-step directions included in the task analysis sheets that will be taped on the inside lid of the pizza box, JPII students and adults will prepare and bake their pizzas and then gather on Zoom at 5 p.m. to eat their pizza together, even if it is virtually.

We invite you to join us, whether it is while the staff is assembling the boxes on Monday, June 1, from 9am – 10am at the school in Shillington or by calling into the Zoom call on Wednesday, June 3 at 5pm.

One of our teachers, Noreen Cosgrove, teaching from home using Zoom.

Our students and adults are resilient and have been coping with the pandemic restrictions in their own way. Whether it is engaging in online instruction from their teacher’s home, joining a weekly Prayer Meeting, getting dressed in their uniform everyday to keep up a routine, or receiving packets from their teachers with projects and assignments, they have adapted and we have found new ways to interact with them. To honor our graduates, we made home visits complete with balloons, signs and their cap and gowns for socially distant graduation celebrations.

Keeping our students and adults safe was our first priority, and after that, our goal became to continue to provide the special education and social programming our group needs to thrive. We are moving forward, and we invite you to join our journey.

Contact us at [email protected] to be a part of our Pizza Party. Our building may be closed, but our school is still open and our students and adults are still learning and growing.