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Support: By Definition

The following is a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

Jacob Muhlbeier, Residential Coordinator

Support – By definition support is the act of offering someone help or assistance, showing someone approval or acceptance. Support is a critical part of personal growth and one of the prevailing tenets here at the College Internship Program, something that we strive to provide our students with every day. It takes many forms and can range from something as simple as a smile of encouragement to being available at a moment’s notice to problem solve. Support is the name of the game and I was fortunate enough to see it in all of its glory during the festivities of downtown Lee’s annual Founder’s Weekend.

On Saturday, September 21 staff and students gathered bright and early on a chilly morning to finish working on and then ride CIP’s annual float in the Founder’s Day and were met by two unfamiliar faces.

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Introductions quickly ascertained that the two newcomers were sisters to a first-year student who could not wait to don t-shirts identical to that of their brother and jump in to support him in his first big “college experience”. Seeing these two young women selflessly giving their time to make their big brothers day was very endearing.

Saturday evening ushered in the second round of the Lee Idol Talent Competition, a round that not all CIP students made it to (Lee Idol is an annual event sponsored by CIP’s Spectrum Playhouse). Despite feeling personal disappointment every student that was not voted into the second round was back in the audience on night two, and were by far the loudest supporters of their peers. Such a display of good sportsmanship was a proud sight indeed.

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Support, it is a critical link to growth and success. Not only are our students receiving it but they are also learning the art and value of paying it forward.