MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School Seniors Dorothy Crowell and Jennifer Pelczar look forward to Wednesday of each week when they visit Mrs. MacMillan's 4th grade art class at Inter-Lakes Elementary School.
They are a part of the Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program. The program offers internships to students in grades 11 and 12; job shadows to students in grades 9-12; A guest speakers' bureau; volunteer and community services; and a one-day Job Fair in April. Interns that are accepted into the program must be passing all classes.
Dorothy has a love of art and is very skilled. Mrs. MacMillan did not have to think long about having Dorothy assist her in the classroom, as she knows how skilled Dorothy is in all art forms. Dorothy is great at drawing and helping the students with projects that include clay and molds. She doesn't let her epilepsy get in the way of her passion for art. She loves working with the students and is a vital part of class.
Jen Pelczar knows Dorothy and is familiar with her epilepsy. Jen expressed an interest in supporting Dorothy by walking or driving her down to the elementary school during her internship block. Jen also had that same block available. Jen stays with Dorothy in the classroom and walks or drives her back to school after the session is over. Both school nurses have a medical plan in place in the event of a seizure. The students have really taken to Dorothy and look up to her and her passion for art.
The Greater Meredith Program (GMP), an award winning Main Street Program, is a community development organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors, seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification.
Inter-Lakes High School students Dorothy Crowell and Jennifer Pelczar. (Courtesy photo)