After School Services
Instructional Centers and Social/Behavioral Component
Student Life has established two Instructional Centers and a Social/Behavioral Component. Each environment offers opportunities for students to learn skills in appropriate and real-life settings.
Independent Living Center
The Independent Living Center offers instruction to students in the areas of Clothing, Food, Room Management as well as Personal/Hygiene Care. Students participate in the Center weekly and are taught various activities. The Independent Living Center offers the student opportunities to learn more independent living skills as well as enabling them to practice already learned skills.
The Learning Center provides after school assistance to help strengthen each students' academic skills. The Center is equipped with technology adapted for use by learners with visual impairments. The Computer Lab, an integral part of the Center, offers supervised access to the Internet (including parental internet permission forms on file). The center is equipped with trained GMS volunteers. Additionally, the GMS staff works as a liaison with the classroom teacher and volunteers to support any additional academic assistance the students may need during the time in the Learning Center.
The Social/Behavioral Component provides the tools for students to learn how to be socially accepted in the community. Through individual conferences, group discussions, and role-play the students become well equipped to handle various social task such as using manners (i.e. please and thank you), problem solving, interaction with peers, adults, appropriate conversations, and socially accepted behavior. These skills are taught by daily interaction with like peers and residential trainers in the cottages, during recreation and community outings.
After School Visitor Procedure
Visitors, including family members, former students and other interested citizens, are welcomed and encouraged to visit Student Life. All visitors are asked to make appointments with the appropriate supervisor to avoid scheduling conflicts. All visitors, from 3:45 pm to 8:00 pm - Monday through Thursday, are requested to go the visitor's station at the GMS Health Center located in C-2 Cottage. The station designee will enter the visitor's full name, destination on campus, date of visit, and the inclusive times of the visit. Visitations, except for emergencies, are not allowed from 8:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are defined as individuals or groups who will positively interact with our students. Prospective volunteers, who apply and meet the necessary training requirements, will be match to provide necessary skills to help foster the success of all GMS students. All volunteers, from 3:45 pm to 8:00 pm - Monday through Thursday, are requested to go the volunteer's station at the Crockett-Peeler Building Basement or GMS Health Center in C-2 Cottage to sign in and out. The station designee will enter names, destination on campus, date of visit, activity, and the inclusive times of the visit.
For more information about the volunteer program, contact:
Laura H. Wooten, Student Life Director
2303 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2303