Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Support for Discovery Space move

Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania.
Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania. CDT file photo

We support to the proposed plan for Discovery Space to occupy the Verizon Building and continue to support the growth of our downtown district.

LifeLink PSU has an incredible partnership with Discovery Space, and part of that has been made possible by its location.

LifeLink PSU is a transition program that serves State College Area High School students with special needs. Our program is housed on campus through another amazing partnership with the university. We value the connections with both institutions and are grateful for their proximity to one another.

To be active in our program, our students must volunteer or hold a paying job within our community. Currently we have three students who volunteer or have paid positions through Discovery Space.

During warm weather months, our students enjoy walking between our classroom and their workplaces. The added value of spending time with their job coaches and enjoying the outdoors are just a couple of reasons working at Discovery Space continues to be a very special opportunity.

Beyond LifeLink PSU, the school district also has a valued partnership with Discovery Space. Ninth- through 12th-grade students with special needs also take advantage of the museum’s proximity to the high school and volunteer there.

We look forward to the continued ability to work closely with Discovery Space to allow more of our students to gain the work ethic, social engagement and community navigation skills they need to make a smooth transition to independent living.

Marla Yukelson

State College

The writer is program coordinator for LifeLink PSU. This letter reflects the views of the LifeLink PSU staff.