ASSURE Center reunion planned
The ASSURE Center in Washington is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.
To help celebrate its anniversary, an open house will be held at the current ASSURE Center location at 105 Westview Drive in Washington on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., said Veda Thode, principal of records at the ASSURE Center.
“This isn’t a reunion just for alumni but for anyone who has attended the ASSURE Center and their families,” Thode said.
Also invited to the open house are any teachers and administrators from the past, she said.
“The open house is also open to the public,” Thode said, “community members and any of the guest speakers we have had in the past out there.”
Another reason for having the open house is to reconnect with the former students.
“We’re using social media to get the word out,” Thode said. “We’ve sent out brochures, and told parents of former students that we may not have the addresses for. We would like to follow up with former students and see how they’re doing.”
Thode estimated 300 students have attended the ASSURE Center Program in the past 20 years, she said.
“This year we’ve had 15 students who have met the requirements and graduated early,” Thode said.
This will also give current students a chance to say good-bye to a “former friend,” Thode said. Next fall the ASSURE Center will move into the new Kirkwood Center.
“We’ll have three classrooms and office space over there,” she said. “Students can take general classes and classes offered through the Kirkwood Academy. We already have seven students signed up to take classes Kirkwood is offering next fall through their academy.”
Currently, the ASSURE Center is only for students in the Washington Community School District, but next fall that will change. The ASSURE Center will be open for the other districts in Washington County, including Highland, WACO, Mid-Prairie, and Keota, and students from the Lone Tree Community School District will be able to attend classes at the ASSURE Center, Thode said.
The program allows students to study independently and can take teacher-led classes in smaller classroom sections, Thode said. The section size ranges from six to nine students with six periods offered that are an hour each.
“This is for students who learn better in a non-traditional setting,” she said. “There are students from all backgrounds and all capabilities. There’s not a typical ASSURE student.”