Our Story

Project Outreach began as a "social experiment" of sorts. Two high school boys were asked to eat lunch with a student with autism in an attempt to increase his social skills and communication.  After several days of success, the teachers thought, what else could be done to help this student engage with his non-disabled peers.  An english teacher, Blair Jaye, and a special education teacher, Scott Parks, began bringing that same autistic students into Ms. Jaye's homeroom. The typical students began to include the autistic student into their normal morning routines like saying the pledge of allegiance and watching the morning announcements. As opportunities to connect grew, so did relationships between these students. Typical students could be seen sharing their lunch time with students with disabilities as well as walking the halls side by side, and forming genuine relationships. As typical students became more comfortable with the students with special needs, the effect was contagious. Upon the suggestion of a student after a pancake social activity, Project Outreach was born and students have been flocking to join and begin forming friendships ever since.