A large group of deaf and hard of hearing students from East
County and their families enjoyed a bowling night Oct. 30 thanks to the work
and donations of San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) employees.
About 70 people went to the event at Parkway Bowl in El
The event was organized by Mary Brewer with the East County
Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and was paid for with money from the County
Office Management Employee Team, better known as COMET.
Social events like this are very important to students with hearing
loss because they’re often they only child in their school with that
disability, said Heather DiFede, senior director of the East County SELPA.
“It’s important to get them together with peers that they
might not see otherwise so they can get to know each other and build
relationships,” she said. These events are helpful for parents too.
Even though most of the students had never met each other,
they got along very well, DiFede said.
One group of students turned it into a collaborative effort
by splitting up duties with each turn. One would get the ball, another would
carry it to the bowling ramp, a third would position the ball, etc.
The COMET team is made up of managers from the San Diego
County Office of Education.
Dues paid by COMET members last year provided six
scholarships to support students in various programs such as Career Technical
Education, Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Outdoor Education, and the San
Diego Science Alliance Youth Space Institute. It also provided money for
SDCOE’s United Way campaign and holiday party.