Webster Central School District

Making T.I.E.S. Among Students

Friendship is about making T.I.E.S. Having students feel a part of their school environment is about making T.I.E.S. Student growth is about making T.I.E.S.

T.I.E.S. – Together Including Every Student.

T.I.E.S. is a program in the Webster Central School District that promotes the participation of children ages 8 through young adult with developmental disabilities in extracurricular and community activities by providing them with effective support through trained student volunteers, grades 8 through 12.

Together T.I.E.S. participants and volunteers enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as Webster Parks and Recreation programs, arts and crafts classes, sports programs, swimming, after-school activities, intramurals, school of religion, and more. The youth focus on their common interests, seeing the person first, then the disability.

“T.I.E.S. allows friendships to develop and helps persons with disabilities to feel they fit in,” T.I.E.S. Coordinator Jennifer Russo recently explained to a group of eighth graders.

Russo has teamed with the district’s middle school Family And Consumer Science (FACS) teachers to enhance one another’s programs. Russo visited each 8th grade FACS class in both Spry and Willink middle schools to provide a Disabilities Awareness and Sensitivity workshop. The FACS teachers were excited to embed this instruction into their curriculum as it supports their focus on the importance of volunteering, resume development and employment skills.


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    Everyone has that one individual in his or her life that seems to have a boundless energy for something. For the SparX robotics team, that person was Leon Cormier. 

    SparX is a team of students from Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high schools that has competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program since 2003.  Leon was a team mentor with a passion for helping others. Every SparX member eventually hears the story of how he rode his bike several miles in order to help a friend with yardwork.

    Unfortunately, Leon passed away seven years ago, but his impact was not lost on the team. Every year, in his honor, the team of 40 teenagers gathers for a day to rake leaves for people in Webster who are unable to do so themselves. This year, SparX chose a neighborhood in West Webster, making an effort to pass on the enthusiasm that Leon had for helping others.

    Their actions sparked a neighbor to write to WCSD Superintendent Carmen Gumina: "These young kids of the Webster Robotics Club came down our street today and cleaned up the leaves in the front and back yards of the people who really needed it.  The help is appreciated beyond words and I thought you should know about the good things they do in the community and give up their free time."

    The team was ecstatic when they heard this and plan to do just as well, if not better, next year.


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