Many students with special educational needs attend mainstream schools in Pasadena, CA, but few are able to have all of their complex needs met in either general or special education courses taught in the local schools. Because of prior and current budgetary concerns, John Muir High School had not always been able to meet the specific needs of students with learning disabilities, so it had to be flexible in other ways to assure that those students' needs would be fulfilled.
This year, Ms. Carlene Browne-Hart, a veteran English teacher in special education at John Muir, and her students are looking forward to trip to the snow, where they will be able to learn how to ski, toboggan, and snowboard. Last year, Ms. Browne-Hart personally funded "An Evening with Al Ailey" dinner and theater for 12 of her most at-risk students at John Muir. Ms. Browne-Hart realizes that many, if not all, of her students had never left the four corners of their neighborhoods, or had never seen a play, or experienced a live concert or even played in the snow!
However, thanks to the continued generosity of the men of First African Methodist Episcopal Church – Pasadena (MOFAME), the Special Education Department at John Muir received a contribution of $800.00 for the snow trip, which is scheduled for an upcoming weekend in March 2010.
Accepting the contribution and featured in the photograph is Mr. Robert Sherman, President of MOFAME, Ms. Carlene Browne-Hart, and Dr. Paul Price, VP of MOFAME.