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Our goal is to purchase various color collared shirts with our class logo on them that we can use to help teach our students the importance of dressing appropriately for work. Our students within our Extended Transition program that teaches special needs (ESE) students skills which will help them to get a job of their own before or after they exit the program.

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RJ - Need Work Shirts

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School:
Paul B. Stephens 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Robert Spartz 
Students Impacted:
15 
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
October 24, 2021

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Raymond James Financial - $1,000.00

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Goal

Our goal is to purchase various color collared shirts with our class logo on them that we can use to help teach our students the importance of dressing appropriately for work. Our students within our Extended Transition program that teaches special needs (ESE) students skills which will help them to get a job of their own before or after they exit the program.  

 

What will be done with my students

It can be commonly known that learning work related experiences and behaviors can help a student learn skills needed for when they achieve a job of their own. My students are not much different except that they have special needs which adds to their challenges. They even face limited job and career sources based on their abilities. With the added challenges with Covid-19 my students can find themselves even more limited in the opportunities that they may have. I am working to change that and to develop and show the skills that they do have and add new ones.

This grant is based around a need that I see daily with my students. Many come to their site based program where they learn job and work related skills, but come not prepared for the work environment based on their attire. We have a semi-formal environment where it is expected that they students will wear a collared shirt. We meet with other professionals within the site, and other professionals from outside agencies. What we need is at minimum professional looking collared shirts that will be printed with our class logo. We need to order various sizes and for females and males. We would like to have a few colors to offer the students in their sizes and hope to have up to a shirt per day per student that we can wash as the end of the week. This need is also based on a socioeconomic need. Not every student has the attire to dress appropriately daily. Or they come into the work program with a T - shirt on, or other shirt with a logo.
This attire excludes them from some opportunities at the site, especially when involved with professionals from other agencies. This grant will help us purchase the shirts we need to make each student dressed for success and with goal of helping them get a paid job of their own. My students lack the shirts that will help to enforce real world scenarios for them that can become common place for them in the workplace to dress appropriately for work or their job site.

My students want to learn real world job skills. They also want to be prepared for job skills they will need and can make them more hirable in their future. Students will be taught how dressing appropriately for work is important around any workplace facility. Through discussions with staff it has been determined that the way a person dresses can affect the decision to hire them. With my students being special needs students the differences can also set them further apart from their peers. Many of my students just don't have the resources to be able to dress appropriately for their work site. At a Pinellas County Schools facility where my students learn and work it has been expressed that staff and employees prefer a uniform type outfit to wear. I am looking to provide my students with the semi-professional look shirts they need to help them continue to achieve and learn with a common type each can wear. We have a vendor that will provide us a fair rate to buy the shirts from a Pinellas County schools vendor. Students will also be taught the breakdowns of costs and benefits for the items utilized with the grant. Funds may be utilized across two Pinellas County Schools site locations as the school year progresses and develops.  

 

Benefits to my students

As we develop our decision-making skills are used and enhanced. A person’s quality of life improves in correlation to them. A person's smarter choices result in better use of their time, money, and other valuable resources. This project helps provides students with an opportunity to learn more about decision-making. The benefits to this grant starts with an overview of the decision-making process followed by a discussion of various internal and external factors that affect decisions with supporting the programs goal to dress appropriately for work and get my students hired.

With full funding of this grant we will be able to purchase semi-professional collared shirts that can be used to provide students the opportunity to learn and be available for a job in the process. Benefits also include work and job-related skills that will come from this program. We will look at how to purchase the shirts, the use of the students logo, and learn about how dressing appropriately can help them in an interview and get them a paid job. Students will be able to make contacts and skills necessary for getting and gaining real work experience and job skills with their new attire.

Economic considerations along with financial literacy mean that budgeting for a job is important. You can't just wear whatever you want to work. This understanding will help our students understand the benefits how it relates to career choices.

From day to day we are faced with many decisions. Many of our decisions are simple, such as: what should I wear today? But others are more complex, such as: how should I spend a limited amount of money to get the greatest return on investment? This grant request fulfilled will help to open my students minds to many and other possibilities. They want to work and get jobs of their own. This grant will help purchase varied shirts (putting their T-shirts and other non appropriate shirts away for the day) and through discussions that will help give my students tools that they will need for real work job opportunities.

Other benefits for my students include giving them greater exposure to other adults in the workforce and helping them gain and develop the skills and confidence they need to be a functional job holding member of our workforce.  

 

Describe the Students

I teach students with many different special needs exceptionalities (ESE) who all would like to learn how to get a job of their own.

We deeply appreciate YOU in advanced for your consideration with funding of this grant project.  

 

Budget Narrative

To purchase collared work appropriate shirts from a Pinellas County Schools vendor with our class logo on them for our students needs. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Collared shirts various sizes and colors for M/F Students. $1,000.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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