The CASSETTE Program Goal
The goal of the CASSETTE Program is to better prepare those students between the ages of 18 – 21 to live a more independent and self-sufficient life in their community. The program addresses skills in the five major life domains: Academics (as they pertain to independent living), Domestic, Vocational, Community and Leisure/Recreation.
The CASSETTE Program History
The CASSETTE Program began as a pilot in March of 2002. We were in a community based, two bedroom apartment on 28th Street. From March until May it was a half – day program. In May 2002, a proposal was made and accepted by the Board of Education to extend the program to a full day.
In the fall of 2002, the CASSETTE program was addressing the needs of 14 students. Of these 14 students, 5 were in the program full time. In February 2003, the CASSETTE program was relocated to a house located at 2662 Pershing and is currently operating from this address.
The students and staff are attempting to operate the CASSETTE program using as little district funds as possible. They use fund raising activities such as garage sales, bake sales, private donations and have established their own businesses: CASSETTE COOK’INS and CASSETTE GREENS. This money is used to provide extras for the students.
The instructor of the CASSETTE Program is Mark Staroscik. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to address these with him. You can contact Mr. Staroscik at 2662 Pershing or telephone at 562-6493.