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Community Transition Program celebrates graduates

On May 24, 2016, Tucson Unified's Community Transition Program celebrated the graduation of eight students between the ages of 18 and 21 with significant disabilities who learned essential life and work skills by attending the Advanced Community Training (ACT) program. Families and friends gathered in the courtyard of the Geronimo Hotel off of Euclid to listen to the students' accomplishment and plans.

The Community Transition Program, of which ACT is a part, is a collaboration between the district and community partners such as Ben's Bells, The Marshall Foundation and the Fourth Avenue Merchants' Association. Organizations that provide internships and opportunities for our students include KUAT, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Arizona Historical Society, Epic Café and Hermitage Cat Shelter and others.

"Jeannette Mare is the founder and Executive Director of Ben's Bell Project. She lost her son, Ben, from illness in 2002. Since that time, she has become Tucson's "Kindness Lady" and has helped Tucson Unified develop dozens of kindness programs on our campuses. She speaks here before the graduates from the ACT/Community Transitions Programs and their families on May 24, 2016."