What's Working: Project Outreach Changing Students' Hearts

SARALAND, Ala. (WKRG) - Some students along the Gulf Coast are learning things that aren't taught in a book. They are participating in Project Outreach. This program pairs special needs students with typical students and allows them to form relationships.

Special education teacher, Scott Parks, started Project Outreach eleven years ago when he was a teacher at Spanish Fort High School. It has since grown to twenty-eight schools. He now teaches at Saraland Elementary. That's where News 5 saw the students interacting with one another.

"I get to see students come in and work with my students and they will leave knowing they can be helped, not just in their head but in their heart too. It's awesome," Parks says.

Students like Brayden Rivers say they look forward to the time they get to spend with the special needs students. He is usually paired with a student named CJ. They love playing Connect Four. 

"CJ loves being energetic, and I do too," Rivers says, "I have learned something from him.

Parks says he would love to have every school as a part of Project Outreach. 'When I call from another school that wants to start Project Outreach, my heart just jumps. Here is another group of kids who get exposed to kids who are different, and they going to change the community for everybody's benefit."

For more information on Project Outreach, click here.


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