MANSFIELD – Abraxas residents involved in Student Council, their leaders, and the teaching staff recently collaborated and created a full day of activities for a special Fall Festival.
The Student Council planned, organized and ran the outside activities which included an obstacle course, painting pumpkins, a donut-eating contest, and making harvest trail mix for everyone to enjoy. The teaching staff involved residents in academic activities, including making an origami pumpkin, writing a scary story, learning about the history of the Day of the Dead along with coloring a traditional candy skull.
In addition, the residents figured out the circumference and surface area of a pumpkin, then calculated how many of the pumpkins would fill the Empire State Building. There was also a cookout for lunch, a coloring contest and cookie decorating.
Abraxas Principal Shelly Patrick said the event was a great success.
“We love being able to do these kinds of events with our students. Having them be involved in the planning really makes the event a whole lot more enjoyable. The young men take ownership and pride in what they create, and they get excited planning something that will be fun for everyone!”
Abraxas is a private residential treatment facility that serves up to 100 male students aged 13 to under 21, who are primarily referred by the court or children’s services agency in their home county. Abraxas credits are recognized and accepted by the student’s home school, and students who complete graduation requirements while residing at Abraxas are awarded diplomas from their home school district. Abraxas also offers a GED program and programming for students who have completed all requirements for graduation.
Private residential treatment facility programs include Abraxas and FIRST School, which are funded through the Ohio Department of Education Private Residential Treatment Facility Pilot Program to operate the academic program at two of the three program sites: Abraxas, located east of Shelby and Foundations for Living, located west of Lucas.
These programs are also Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center supported through Title 1-D (Delinquent) funds administered by Mid-Ohio ESC. Mid-Ohio ESC partners with the residential treatment program administration and staff to deliver an educational program that meets the requirement of the Ohio Department of Education for students in correctional facilities.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 10 school districts and over 17,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client Districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.