Saturday, July 18, 2015

For Immediate Release: Special Education Students use Social Media to try to grab attention of Taylor Swift

July 18, 2015

Contact: Cathy Cummins, Executive Director Assabet Valley Collaborative 774-285-6771

Communicating in their own Ways - The Power of Music
Inspiring Students create Viral Video on Facebook
hoping to meet Taylor Swift

Marlborough, MA - A captivating and inspirational group of students at the Assabet Valley Collaborative’s Evolution Program (Marlborough & Shrewsbury, MA) have created a video that has gone viral on Facebook. The students are hoping that Taylor Swift will make a quick visit to their school while she is in the Boston area performing next weekend.

The video was created as part of the school’s lessons on daily living skills - which students learn at Evolution, along with learning about work, personal finance, healthy choices, and other skills needed for independence.  Students worked with their staff members to create this video that showcases their voices in remarkable ways.  

“Music and Technology help many of our students share their voices in ways that would have been impossible just 20 years ago,” said Karen Laskey, Director of Satellite Programs.  “This project speaks to the power of team members collaborating across disciplines to motivate students to learn and express themselves as they become as independent as possible.”

Occupational Therapist Erica Lunn said, “To try to make it fun for them, we picked their favorite song (voted on of course) and they worked with staff to re-write the lyrics of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ to make ‘Clean it Up.’ They worked all year on this and made it all come together.”

Executive Director, Cathy Cummins, said “We have awesome students who amaze and inspire our talented staff members every day;  in this video, music helps them shine for the world to see what they CAN do and the joy they can bring all of us.  How could anyone resist this invitation for a visit?.”
Evolution is an Assabet Valley Collaborative program that serves students with disabilities who have completed 12th grade whose schools have identified a need for a post-graduate vocational/transitional program up to age 22. Services provided at Evolution include vocational assessment, job development, functional academics, community-based job experiences, social/emotional support, activities of daily living, and independent living skills development. Evolution promotes self-awareness and self-advocacy and students are actively engaged in designing their future path toward maximized independence.

Sarah Kyriazis
Technology Integration Coordinator
authorized Google Education Trainer

Assabet Valley Collaborative
57 Orchard Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

PLEASE PLEASE SHARE!!!!!! AND COMMENT! These are my AMAZING students who I worked with all year on doing activities of daily living. To try to make it fun for them we picked their favorite song (voted on of course) and they along with the help of staff re-wrote the lyrics of Taylor Swifts "Shake it Off" to make it our version called "Clean it Up". They worked all year on this and made it all come together. Our Music Therapist is on the guitar! Staff, Teachers, and Therapists helped this all come together! I work with amazing people! The students would love if Taylor Swift came to visit when she is in the area for #Gillette. #taylorswift we love you! #AVCEvolution #inspiring #viral Brianne Miers Laura Borges Melissa Cooper Ayantola Alaina Moorefield #teamtagyourself! Sarah Roberts Kyriazis Taylor Swift FOX25
Posted by Erica Lunn on Saturday, July 11, 2015 

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