The dazzling sights of Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, wrestling crocodiles in Florida, and dipping toes in the water on the beaches of Mexico – these are just a few of the things Roanoke Day Support participants experienced without leaving the comfort of the day support center.

Roanoke Day Support hit the road for a week-long mock road trip that took individuals and staff around North America to learn about the culture, food, environment and history of five different places. 

Staff members and day support individuals dreamt up the idea of a mock road trip together while working on their activity calendar for the month of August.

“At first it was going to be a day at the circus. Then the individuals said they would like a luau, and someone else said they wanted to go to Mexico. The staff suggested a road trip to visit multiple places,” says Lorri Stanley, direct support professional II at Roanoke Day Support.

Staff members and individuals sat down together with a map and planned the road trip. Once the locations were chosen, each staff member was responsible for planning one day of the trip. The group worked together to create decorations and, after two weeks of preparation, they were ready to hit the road! 

The group visited Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico and Hawaii. Each day included an activity, snack and fact-learning about each location. Members of the Roanoke community helped in making the road trip a special week. During their visit to Texas, the group had the opportunity to milk a cow thanks to Roanoke’s Layman Farms. Music therapy teacher Carol helped the group perform the Mexican Hat Dance and a Spanish-sung Jesus Loves Me for office staff during their day in Mexico.

“I think the biggest thing they will take away from the week will be the sense of teamwork modeled by everyone, including our great staff, as well as the pride in the accomplishment of making crafts and trying new things and customs they might not have tried before,” says Stanley.