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Preparing for 2010-2011: School Smarts

Posted by eastersealsbayarea on August 31, 2010

Its that time again and if you’re not already in it, you soon will be. The school year is starting; books and bags are just the beginning! Want a little extra help? Read School Smarts from Bay Area Parents to find great advice on challenges confronting many parents and students.

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Reflections At Lily

Posted by eastersealsbayarea on August 10, 2010

We turn to the North-Bay for this week’s blog: Kevin Douglas joins us at Cookie’s Corner for an update on his school for children affected by autism, Lily Learning Center.  Please enjoy reading, and let us know what you are looking forward to in the fall.

Kevin: As each week of August approaches I am surprised to see that the summer is already winding down. Days are getting shorter and parents and students are preparing for a new school year while trying to squeeze that last drop of leisure out of the summer. Here at Easter Seals Bay Area’s Lily Learning Center, we are reflecting on our first year of operation in Dixon, CA.

By just about every measure, it’s been a tremendously successful first year!   And we’re eagerly preparing for the upcoming school year and the new adventures it will bring:

  • the students currently enrolled at Lily are already practicing for our fall performing arts program; and
  • the next wave of community outings and field trips are appearing on our calendar

We can’t wait to welcome new students with the new school year to share in the fun!

 But before we step into the school year, we decided to celebrate…and we did it right ~ carnival style!

The Lily Carnival not only celebrated the success of Easter Seals Bay Area’s first ever non-public school, but also the entire Disability Community in and around Solano County. The carnival was made possible and sponsored by Miceli Financial Partners and Epicentro Advertising and Marketing Services, headed up by Easter Seals Bay Area Board members Andrew Miceli and Maria Hernandez-Schabbing, respectively.  Many thanks to our friends at CVS/Pharmacy and the Dixon Lions Club, who sent a combined 26 volunteers to help out.

Carnival attendees were treated to free games, food (Thank you! Dreyer’s, ConAgra, and Jelly Belly!) and prizes along with information regarding available services in the area.  Networking among families and various disability services providers was among the key themes.  On hand were representatives from:

  • Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center;
  • Autism Community Team of Solano County;
  • The Children’s Nurturing Project;
  • North Bay Regional Center;
  • Area 4 Board of the Developmental Disabilities Council, and
  • Assembly Member Yamada’s office, all available to offer resources and information.

Working together as a community and sharing information and resources are essential for the success of kids and the community. With every new connection made another piece falls into the puzzle for families looking for solutions. Hopefully, these community bonds will continue to strengthen and create new connections as Easter Seals Bay Area continues to provide help, hope and answers to individuals and families affected by autism and other disabilities.

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