One special needs student's success at OPRF

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Since Alex Kolovitz's 20th birthday is coming up, I was thinking about all the progress he has made in his lifetime. Alex is a medically fragile young man who has required many physical, medical and educational supports in his lifetime. At present he is completing his first year at the CITE Program of Oak Park and River Forest High School.

CITE is a Community Integration Transition Program that teaches students the skills of daily living in the adult world. During a week in class Alex studies, works, travels, shops, dines out, banks, cleans up, prepares his lunch and goes to yoga. With the guidance of the staff, he is picking up the skills he will need as an adult. Alex, as always, is giving his best and we are very proud of the accomplishments and achievements he has made. He is learning how to be responsible for himself and his activities.

Since 1999 when Alex went to OPRFHS, we have seen many positive changes at the high school. Alex has had many wonderful educational and personal experiences. Alex has been taught in every type of class available, regular education classes, combined regular and special education classes, special education classes, and classes for the leaning disabled and he has learned a lot. He is proud to say he was on the honor roll two times, he was student of the quarter, and once he received a human relations award. He was in two summer play productions and a fashion show.

We are very proud of Alex's accomplishments at the high school. None of what Alex has accomplished could have been done without much effort on everyone's part to make these things happen for him! We have worked with all levels of the high school staff and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them. Thanks for all you do and all the help you gave to our family, Superintendent Bridge, and her program chairs, the administration staff, the special education department head, the TEAM professional staff, the special education teachers, the CITE teachers and support staff, the REI teachers, the TEAM teachers, the TEAM support staff, the physical education staff for adapted PE, all the teacher aides and student class helpers, the regular ed teachers, the summer production teachers, director and backstage crew, the art, English, sports entertainment, computer and social problems teachers, his dean, the occupational, physical, and speech therapists, the employment specialist, the job coaches, the DHS ORS representative, the health services department, all the support staff in every class, the library staff, the cafeteria staff, the security guards, and building maintenance crews also the bus drivers. I hope we did not leave anyone out.

From the minute Alex and his nurse walked in the door he was welcomed and accepted for who he is. We also want to thank the Best Buddy Program for adding a positive social component to his OPRFHS years. Alex has had many enjoyable moments, parties and just good times and Alex knows he has the best buddies anyone ever had.

So from the bottom of our hearts the Family of Alex Kolovitz would like to say thank you to Oak Park High for all the support you gave and will continue to give him.

Mary Kolovitz and the Kolovitz families

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Susan Taylor from Columbus, OH  

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 2:32 PM

Wow, good to hear about Alex's progress. I am one of his former nurses who had lost track of him.