Kaplan School celebrates achievements of 17 grads

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

WEST NYACK—At the Jesse J. Kaplan School’s ceremony on Friday morning, guest speaker Jessica Sirota set an example for the 17 graduating students.

“Every person in this room is a person with abilities,” said Sirota, a member of the Abilities Resource Council of Rockland.

“Down syndrome is something that I have,” she added.  “It is not who I am.”

The Jesse J. Kaplan School, an extension of Rockland BOCES, serves people ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities.  Students are offered academic and vocational instruction, and they are given support in their search for future opportunities.

“We want to give kids the same experience that their brothers and sisters get,” said Carl Fedkenheur, a teacher at the school.

Students on Friday were sent on their way with an encouraging farewell.
“No matter where you go from here,” Sirota said, “no matter what you do, keep learning.”

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