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Work Based Learning Program Adapts and Holds Fabric Drive

Like many programs this year, Lancaster High School’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) program has found a way to adapt and present new opportunities to students during this unprecedented time. 

two students sort clothes The WBL program offers students opportunities for work experience while earning hours towards a Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential, but new restrictions have prevented students from receiving those experiences outside of school. 

“While looking at what we have done in previous years, we were able to adjust to bringing projects on-campus to allow for work-based learning to continue and thrive,” Jillian Dean, CDOS Coordinator, said. This would not be possible without the support of the Lancaster and High School community. The LCTA and LEAF associations along with community businesses including Joseph’s, Lancaster Dog Control, WNY Heroes, Inc., Pawsitive for Heroes and Harris Hill Nursing Facility have played integral roles in allowing for work-based learning to happen here at school. 

Last year, the program opened Legendary Looks, a free pop-up clothes closet open to students, staff, and faculty. To keep Legendary Looks open, WBL students have been busy this year organizing, labeling, and photographing inventory in order to launch online. 

students bead lanyards. Donations for the clothes closet are always appreciated and can be dropped off in the designated bin at the main entrance to the high school. If you have questions email

Other projects students have undertaken include the creation of 125 unique mask lanyards as a fundraiser for the Unified Basketball team. The students will also be making Valentine’s Day cards for residents at Harris Hill Nursing Home.

In conjunction with the Leadership Academy, work based learning students are conducting a Fleece & Fabric Drive now through Spring Break! Donated materials will be used help make blankets and toys for animal shelters. Please drop off fabric donations of at least 11"x15" at the marked bin at the high school front entrance.