“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This saying could not be more accurate for anyone who has chosen a career in occupational therapy.

I came across this story, “One Class at a Time: Cooking Up Success” by the Central Illinois News Center (cinewsnow.com) and was instantly inspired by these two OTs.

The story explains how two Peoria, Ill. OTs work together to help high school students with special needs learn to make simple meals and stay safe in the kitchen. Money is tight—the classroom is not equipped with the basic appliances they need—but despite this, the OTs continue their mission of enhancing their students’ abilities.

When a surprise check for $1,000 arrives mid-interview, the sheer joy of the OTs is heart-warming because they know what it means for their students.

Have you come across an inspiring OT moment in the media? Send the information to Media Relations Manager Katie Riley at kriley@aota.org.