Only Retail Skills Learning Center for Special Education Students in a Public High School Opens on Long Island

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Calhoun High School’s Retail Training Facility Receives Business Management System donated by World Wide Security

Students at Sanford Calhoun High School now have a good reason to shop the day away! The Stable, named after the school’s Colts sports mascot, is a much anticipated retail center located on the school’s property. The skills center officially opened today after nearly a year of planning by school administrators and teachers. The new program brings students together and keeps the special education life skills learning in-house. The Stable is a real store displaying gifts, fashion clothing, cards, school supplies and spirit wear for students and the community to enjoy.

Calhoun High School located in Bellmore, N.Y., is the only public high school on Long Island with a facility like this and it is one of the largest and most advanced of its kind. The concept for the center was first conceived by Emily Paluseo, chairperson of Special Education, as a way to teach vocational skills to special education students who would normally leave the school for half-a-day training off school property. With the help of faculty members with prior retail experience, the idea took off. Teachers Wendy Simson, Jackie Frank, Theresa Catalina and district Transition Coordinator Cheryl Gitlitz, along with the school’s principal David Seinfeld, lent their support to help get the program approved through Central Administration. “Having the ability to teach developmentally disabled students life-long skills on campus is of extreme value and the store gives us that ability,” stated Seinfeld.

Once the group got the stamp of approval to move forward, teacher Wendy Simson didn’t have to look far for donations, especially the security, fire and business management system the retail center needed. Mark Simson, Wendy’s husband, is CFO of the Garden City-based World Wide Security, which has been a provider of security and life-safety systems to the Bellmore-Merrick School District for over 15 years. “Our company was thrilled to donate a Honeywell LYNX alarm system, which we installed at no-charge, along with a Honeywell digital video recorder (DVR) and 4-cameras, while also designing a security observation room inside the retail center,” Simson explained. Kenneth Mara, President & CEO of World Wide Security stated, “The Lynx System will be operated in an observation room where students will learn all the aspects of how security and camera technology benefits a retail operation. We look forward to volunteering our time to work with the teachers and students on how to use this system in a business environment.”

About World Wide Security/GC Alarm: Partners in business since 1979, Kenneth Mara, President & CEO, along with Joe Ingegno, Vice President, have owned and operated security companies on Long Island, which serve the tri-state area. The World Wide Security Group companies include: World Wide Security, GC Alarm, Telestat Security, Vision Monitoring, Rainbow Protection and Dart Security. Together the companies provide residential and commercial alarms, life safety systems, home control, CCTV, access control, video surveillance and remote monitoring. World Wide operates its own UL-Listed; New York City Fire approved central station through Vision Monitoring.

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