Get your calendar’s ready for June, with all these great programs brought to you by UCP of the North Bay. We hope to see you there, enjoying the sunshine and learning new skills every day!
What a delight to reconnect with our old friends at Avalon Academy today! This unique program, located in Burlingame, CA, provides a “functional-skills curriculum.” Year after year, the center continues to adapt to meet the individual needs of each child, most of whom live with significant forms of cerebral palsy. Their core foundation of love, education, movement and professional care has remained unfaltering.
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF THE NORTH BAY THANKS POPS KIDS WITH HISTORICAL ANNOUNCEMENT
“We would like to shout out to our amazing friends and supporters Peninsula Outreach Programs! Thank you for the generous donation, your help allows us to fulfill our mission “To make a significant, life-changing impact on the mobility and independence of children with motor disabilities through Conductive Education.” With your help kids are able to participate in the program on a daily basis and work with our full time conductor! We are proud to have you by our side in this amazing journey!”
For more information, check out: http://boostcamp.org/
Thursday, July 27, 2017 ~
It’s graduation day at summer Boost Camp and the guests are gathering. I see a familiar face. Michelle is proud to mention that, just this week, her grandson Devin started to take a few steps on his own. “Here he comes”. Hanging on and letting go… Hanging on and letting go. Go Devin Go! One step and another. It’s graduation day.
Excitement fills the room as the campers leave their wheel chairs by the door. Clad in bright green Boost tee-shirts, with the help of volunteers, each one takes their special place along the front of the stage.
Many children come to Boost Camp summer after summer. Thanks to increased funding from Pops Kids, 2017 marks the first year that campers and volunteers have been given the opportunity to participate in Conductive Education year-round.
Parents continue to travel great distances just for the chance to advance their child’s “personal best.” One young girl and her family started out across an ocean, in Luxembourg, and traveled to Arizona, only to work their way to Boost Camp in Santa Rosa.
Colon is seven years old. He and his family originally came from Chicago and have now resettled in San Francisco. This is his first year at Boost and his mom Julie shares that Colon experiences his own story of movement. He has been working hard at camp to lift his head up.
It is well known that many children living with CP also experience neuromuscular spasticity. A common condition associated with cerebral palsy, this chronic tightening and stiffness is often very painful. Effective pain management is crucial in allowing kids to be kids. With pain relief comes the chance to communicate better, make friends and have fun. Kids can also focus when it’s time to do some hard work in Conductive Education.
Thanks to the utilization of special herbal sage packs, prepared for Boost Camp by volunteer Ann Ward, Colon’s mom has noticed a significant relief from the pain that once held Colon back.
In August 2016, Boost Camp conductor-teacher, Saskia Kramer, stepped up to fill the role of Boost Director. Since that time, she has been working tirelessly to implement and improve the program with year-round Conductive Education activities, providing various session types where children can learn and reach their individual goals.
Volunteers from the surrounding north bay community make up a very special ingredient when it comes to the prolonged success of Boost Camp. Many student volunteers juggle their studies and free time to show up day after day, year after year.
Always recognizing and building on the strength of community, Saskia and UCPNB extended a special invitation to teachers and therapists throughout the district to come and observe Boost Conductive Education on July 13th. As a result, Saskia received feedback, interest and requests to collaborate from several “traditional” special education professionals. This patient “pebble in the pond” strategy is admittedly a slow process. But. it has served Boost well.
As one of the longest, continuous Conductive Education programs in the country, Boost Camp represents a persistent beacon of encouragement that keep our kids and their families, specialists, volunteers and community connected.
It’s Thursday, July 27th, graduation day. Saskia thanks parents and campers. She gives recognition and praise to her three conductors and to Paula Smith, a professional Occupational Therapist who has reached across the barriers of tradition to supervise OT students who volunteer with Boost Conductive Education camp.
Margaret Farman, Director of UCPNB, offers great credit to POPs Kids for our commitment to the expansion of Boost. She then presents every child with a diploma for their own, a very personal achievement at camp. Each of the Boost “kiddos” sits on the lap of a caring volunteer as they receive their certificate.
It’s graduation day! Devotion and gratitude are over flowing. This little pond is teeming with life.
Our Founding President and Treasurer, Ursula, has been honored by Lifehouse. Read the letter below and join us in celebrating the magical marvel that is Ursula.
Boost Camp was filled with learning, fun adventures, new skills, and this adorable dog!
We cannot get enough of that adorable doggie playing with the children of Boost Camp! <3
Posted by POPS Kids on Friday, 28 July 2017