SOAR students thank community for support at appreciation dinner

Recycling is held in high regard by the students in the Vilonia High School SOAR Transition program and so is Virco, the Conway business that helps them with that project. 

That is one of the messages that was relayed, Wednesday night, at the Vilonia High School SOAR Transition Appreciation Dinner held in the high school cafeteria. In regard to recycling, Virco was one of many businesses recognized at the dinner and thanked by the SOAR students—students with learning disabilities. 

Daily, SOAR students recycle and on a weekly basis, according to school officials, Virco purchases cardboard and the money earned goes back into the program.  

It was said there are currently 30 to 35 in the transitional program including eight in seventh and eighth grades, five at the Freshman Academy and nine seniors receiving compensation for their work. The jobs include working in restaurants as well as custodial and cafeteria positions.

Several SOAR students spoke at the event as well a thank you certificate was handed out to representatives of each jobsite.

SOAR students helped with the meal preparation as well as served.