The students at Dan Peterson School for the handicapped need a van badly, and they've found a unique way to get one, but the school is going to need help from a lot of soup lovers if the plan is to work.
The school serves severely mentally and physically handicapped kids in the Alpine School District, and teachers think it's important their students learn social skills. The best way to do that is to go out into the community, said Peterson teacher Kay Beck."We want them to go out and learn how you act in the store and how you act in line," she said. "It's very important that we teach them social skills, so they need a place where they can practice those things."
Because Peterson's 149 students have to leave the school to get that practice, they need transportation. That's where the van comes in. It now costs the school $15 to $100 to rent a bus from the district each time the kids take a trip. The budget is tight and money is hard to find for many trips, so when Peterson administrators heard a van was the prize for collecting 975,000 labels for the Campbell Labels for Education program, they started saving.
So far they have about 70,000 labels.
"If every person in the state sent us one label, then we'd have enough," Beck said. "The support we've gotten so far has been kind of amazing. From March on we started getting labels from people."
The school will get the Dodge Ram van free once it has the labels. The vehicle will hold about 14 children.
The school can use labels from all Campbell's Soup cans, Swanson products, Prego, Pepperidge Farms, Franco American, Vlasic Pickles (ids) and Mrs. Paul's products. Labels can be mailed to or dropped off at 169 N. 11th East, American Fork, UT 84003.