Blog Post

Maritz and Special School District Making a Difference in Students' Lives

October 19, 2017

The school year is in full swing, and on Maritz’ campus, that has a special meaning. We have once again welcomed students and staff from the Special School District (SSD) onto our campus, providing them a place to call home for the school year. 

For the SSD students, our Fenton campus becomes their classroom and worksite where they not only learn job skills, but also learn social skills that will prepare them for future employment. As an extension of their educational program, they work in various areas, including dining room services, mail deliveries, cleaning services, and at Maritz employee events.

“As these students age out of the school system, it is absolutely imperative that we equip them with marketable skills to enter the workforce,” said Ted Humphrey, SSD teacher. “With the cooperation of Maritz and its contract vendors, we are able to prepare students to be responsible and dependable workers that any company would be proud to have as employees.”

As a company committed to The Science and Art of People and Potential, it was a natural fit to bring students from the SSD Vocational Skills Program onto our campus.

“Our company is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential, and partnering with SSD is a perfect opportunity for us to “walk the talk,” said Debbie Schirmer, Maritz community affairs director.  “Our employees love having the students on campus and instilling in them some of the Maritz culture and mantra of ‘work hard, have fun, get the job done’ environment.” 

We are certainly proud to have them on our campus to learn from and appreciate each day!