The Milpitas High School Wreath
Company (MHSWC) is a mock company that was created to help students receiving special education services develop functional life skills. Some of these life skills include learning to
be responsible for and caring for material goods, understanding money
management concepts such as how to purchase goods and handle money, and learning
about team work and the rewards of hard work.
The MHSWC teaches and reinforces these skills through modeling and
supporting students while they try different roles within the company. The MHSWC’s main goal is to aid students in
achieving the greatest amount of independence with the belief that all students
are capable of learning to achieve.
At first glance, the MHSWC
seems like an ordinary fundraiser. However, when you look deeper, you see
how the mock company incorporates language expression and comprehension; how
fine motor and motoring planning occurs during the activity; how mathematical
concepts are embedded as well as science, social studies, problem solving and
reading. Overall, the goal as this functional
based curriculum approach is to break the task down in manageable learning
chunks, design visual supports, schedules, and activities. It is also geared to engage the parents, take
data and develop measurable goals so that meaningful outcomes are
All of the funds raised from this venture flow directly back into the Milpitas High School campus to sponsor special education events. The Milpitas High School Wreath Company is an undertaking by students for students.
Milpitas High School
1285 Escuela Parkway
Milpitas, CA 95035