Valley Central’s Student V.O.I.C.E., (Viking, occupational, independent, community, employee), Transition Program helps our HS Basic and Life Skills students transition from school to living their lives as independently as possible including working on vocational skills in both the classroom and real-world jobs with different retail stores in Middletown. One of the tasks the students are often asked to do is to open boxes of new merchandise for store display/racks. The issue with this task is the need for a box knife or sharp object to open the boxes. For obvious safety reasons, the students cannot use box knives or sharp objects which then keeps the students from being able to achieve complete independence during this task.
Transition Teacher, Darci Fletcher, was looking for a tool that could work as a box cutter that wouldn’t have a razor blade for her students. After doing some research and found this company, BHS Beverage Handling Services, Ltd. in British Columbia, Canada, that designed a safe alternative to box knives called, EZ BOX OPENER. Mrs. Fletcher submitted a purchase order request for 5 of these items for her program. In a section to write “details”, she explained her program and how the overall goal is to help these students develop independence and how this wonderful device was the missing piece she needed for them to do so. The owner, John Woochuk, emailed and called her. He was so impressed by this program that he donated 15 of these EZ BOX OPENERS to the program and stated if the program needed anymore in the future he would give them to us at a very discounted price.
Mrs. Fletcher will be presenting the product at the next Orange County Transition Council Meeting for all to see! It is an amazing product that is allowing students to develop complete independence at their vocational work site. Valley Central is very grateful for Mr. Woochuk’s generous support.