Community Ministry opportunity: North Salem High School has a new Developmental Learning Center (DLC) this year. The DLC serves students with severe cognitive and behavioral deficits. Students work on basic communication and daily living skills to prepare them to be as independent as possible as adults. 

DLC students struggle with generalization which is why using authentic items in the classroom is essential for their skill acquisition. To support this need, the DLC has a wish-list of items that they are hoping to have donated. If you have any of the items below at home to donate or have community connections and could secure a donation, please talk with Gretchen Hughey at gretchen.hughey@gmail.com or (707) 266-4017. You can bring them to church at your convenience for delivery to the high school.  

  • A larger mirror (one that could be attached to the wall)

  • Rocking chair

  • Storage / bookshelves

  • Flexible seating (any kind, but they need to fit big kids)

  • Timers

  • Treasure chest type of items (for class store-basically any type of random stuff)

  • Velcro; lots and lots of Velcro

  • Cooking utensils (rolling pins, cutting boards, mixing bowls, spoons, whisks, measuring cups and measuring spoons, spatulas, baking dishes, cookie sheets)

  • Microwave

  • Crock pot

  • Toaster oven

  • Aprons

  • Class set of place settings for practicing setting tables (cups, plates, silverware, bowls, placemats, etc)

  • Washing machine and dryer

  • Washable pillows and blankets for kids who need to rest

  • Light covers (we have 12 lights)

  • Lamps

  • Carpet

  • Small vacuum

  • Litter grabbers (I have a kid who LOVES picking up litter)

  • Cash register

  • Swiffer and swiffer wet jet materials

  • Lamination sheets (9” by 11 1/2”, 3mil or 5mil)

  • Classroom library books and organization boxes

  • Small white boards

  • Wallets for community outings

  • Coat hooks

  • Set of tools (for kids to work with)

  • Heavy nuts and bolts, washers

  • Full-sized refrigerator

  • Photocopier (so the kids can practice making photocopies)

  • Nice classroom calendar set

  • Electric kettle

  • Standing desk

  • Age-appropriate sensory items

  • Dry erase pockets

  • Umbrellas (larger) for community outings

  • Supplies for classroom chores (like sponges, dish towels, soap, duster, window washing equipment) so the kids learn those skills

  • Class room partitions

  • Storage cubes and shelving

  • Book binder (the spiral kind)

  • Air pump for basketballs

  • Sports equipment

  • Classroom plants

  • Fine motor games

  • Hand strength development tools/kits