At Levy, we believe that preparing our students with skills that will allow them to obtain gainful employment or do meaningful, purposeful work as adults should be a priority. Our Vocational program is one opportunity for students to learn these types of skills, while at the same time doing our part for the environment and businesses that we partner with throughout Wichita.
While in the Vocational classroom, our students shred paper waste from the school, which they then deliver to Evan's Ceramics, giving them the opportunity to practice appropriate social skills and behavior out in the community. Every Thursday, students take plastics that are collected in the building to Pro-K of Kansas. Students also cut wipes that are used to wipe down our cafeteria, sharpen pencils for classrooms, and deliver supplies requested by teachers. Lee Aerospace, Fahnestock and 21 Bingo donate cans to the school, and Levy students take the tabs off for Ronald McDonald house. Levy has turned in 80,000 tabs so far during the 2015-2016 school year. The cans are then turned in at 21st Street Metal Recycling for cash for the school. Barnes and Noble, Best Western, Howard Johnson, and Spring Hill Suites provide newspaper for the students to roll up for the animals at the Humane Society. Personal care bottles from Eric Fisher and Paul Mitchell are collected and turned into Terracycle, a recycling company, for points that are redeemed for cash once a year. Empty ink cartridges are collected and either turned in to Cartridge World for cash, or recycled depending on the type. Water bottles and plastic soda bottles are collected within the school, and are donated from the surrounding community, and Levy students make sure they are all emptied out to turn them in for recycling.
Levy students are involved in each step along the way, from collecting recyclables throughout the building, to preparing them for the company or business they will go to, to delivery of the products. Students are always busy in the classroom trying to make sure everything is ready to go or ready to pick up, and are learning valuable skills in the process!