Students in the CLASS program at Sunset Valley Elementary are partnered with students in other classrooms through a peer playgroup. Through this weekly activity, the students are creating friendships that change their lives for the better, said Carrie Connatser, CLASS teacher.
CLASS stands for Communication, Language and Social Skills. Each student in the program for children with special needs gets together each week with three to four peers from their regular education classrooms. The peer groups remain consistent throughout the year, providing the students with the opportunity to build friendships with others.
Students are pictured during a holiday party to celebrate the friendships.