La Crescent teacher wins latest Tools for Schools award

Students with special needs at La Crescent Middle and High School will have more resources thanks to this month’s Tools for Schools award.

Cathy Erickson is this month’s winner of the $500 award from WXOW, SSE Music, and Brenengen Auto.

Erickson teaches students with developmental disabilities at both the middle and high school, and has students from 11 to 21 years old. Erickson plans to use the money to expand the schools’ vocational program, which lets students practice real world job skills. Erickson is hoping to use some of the award to rearrange her classroom to create work stations for her students.

Erickson said the workstations will help prepare students for whatever comes next when they finish school.

“Some of them may only be able to sit for a couple minutes, but then on the job they might have to sit for two hours, so it’s developing those skills so they can do that,” Erickson said.

The Tools For Schools award is given monthly to a deserving teacher or class in the area.

For more on the Tools For Schools program, click here.

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