Special Needs After School Enrichment and Respite

by Richard Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
May 10, 2013

Programs for Enhancing Potential at the RJCC

One of our very special programs is called Saturday Night Chillin'.  This exceptional program offers tweens and teens with special needs a Saturday night out in the community with their peers once a month.  We meet here at the RJCC for pizza, pasta and fruit while we socialize and catch up about each other's lives.  Then we head out on the JCC bus to a community outing for fun activities such as bowling, slot car racing and miniature golfing.  Sometimes we stay at the JCC for games and movie night with make-your-own ice cream sundaes.  Saturday Night Chillin' offers these tweens and teens an opportunity for socialization with peers that would not otherwise be available to them.  Our participants look forward to coming back each month and their parents love a night out!

Our Trailblazers After School program is going strong and our parent support groups have increased enrollment as well.  Our Rise Above theater class for kids with special needs ended for the school year with a fabulous show.  It was such a treat to watch them sing "My Favorite Things" and "Getting to know You" among other songs.  They had a terrific time on stage and all our particpants rose above their challenges and were shining stars!

We are planning for our programs for the Fall which will include new programs such as several social skills groups for preschool - 5th graders and a Movin' and Groovin' dance class for young adults with special needs.  So much to be excited about for special needs programs here at the J!

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Richard Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester

Location: Pleasantville, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.rosenthaljcc.org/​
Richard Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
Project Leader:
Lisa Roberts
Pleasantville, New York United States

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