This morning, Owensboro Innovation Academy engineering students and some Gateway Academy students saw a project they’ve been working on come to fruition.
OIA students created 3D wooden puzzles for the clients of Puzzle Pieces. Each puzzle is personalized for a specific recipient.
Gateway Academy students created carrying cases for the puzzles. On Friday, the students from both schools presented the puzzles and puzzle cases to Puzzle Pieces clients at 1512 Frederica Street.
“This is another example of the real world application our students at Owensboro Innovation Academy are receiving on a daily basis,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA Director.
“At Gateway Academy, we’re trying to teach our students they can make a difference in this community. This partnership with Puzzle Pieces is an excellent start,” said Melissa Brown, Gateway Academy Principal.
After the presentation, students from both schools helped the Puzzle Pieces clients solve the puzzles.
According to its website, Puzzle Pieces’ mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families. Through our programs, we meet the individual needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community.