One African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Faculty and staff at Mount Union Area High School, aware that they are part of that village, are hosting an Agency Networking Conference in the MUAHS library Thursday, Feb. 20. This event is a networking opportunity for students with disabilities and their parents.
Assistant transition coordinator Leroy “Lee” Carbaugh, one of the event organizers, wants to connect these students and parents with agencies that provide additional support beyond high school. Carbaugh developed this idea as he regularly assists students in identifying resources in the area.
At least 15 agencies are expected to particpate. Carbaugh would like this to be an annual event, but that is, in part, contingent on this year’s turnout.
“Being the first year, we are hoping to reach out to as many parents as we can. We are sending papers home, plus we are calling parents and guardians. We just want as many people to come as possible,” he said.
Carbaugh emphasizes that this is not just for MUAHS parents and students. It is open to those in need from other schools in the community, including Huntingdon Area, Juniata Valley, Southern Huntingdon County Middle/High School and New Day Charter School. The goal is to help as many students in the community as possible.
This event will be held in two sessions. The first will be from 2-4 p.m., and the second session will be from 4-6 p.m. An inclement weather date is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27.
Although this is a new adventure, organizers are looking forward to its outcome and hoping that it becomes a tradition.