One Class At A Time: Shelby County High School

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — One of the signs in Solie Walker’s class reads: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

That’s also her wish for her special education students at Shelby County High School.

“Sometimes, people see them out in the community and maybe feel sorry for them, but they’re just as capable and they all have a different skill that they do really, really well,” Walker said.

Walker’s mission is to make sure her students are as independent as they can be when they transition into the real world at the age of 21.

That’s why there’s a dishwasher, a sink and a stove in her classroom.

The class had a used washer and dryer, but it broke.

Fortunately, Walker is this week’s winner of the One Class At A Time grant. She’ll use her $1,000 to buy a new washer and dryer.

“I think it will benefit the students, because when they become semi-independent or live independently they’ll be able to go to a laundry facility or get a washer and dryer of their own and be able to laundry their own clothes,” Walker said.

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