Last Thursday marked the Graduation Day for the hard working students, parents, volunteers and staff of the BOOST Summer Intensive Program! Congratulations to all! We are so proud of all the students’ successes and achievements during the program, and we cannot wait to see this progress being used in their daily lives.
A huge thank you to our dear friends at Sky Ranch Foundation. POPS Kids is honored to receive this grant and we look forward to putting it to good use to nourish families and children with Cerebral Palsy. It is our hope that no child falls through the cracks! It truly has been a splendid 25 years!
Sky Ranch Foundation:
June 2018 –
Sky Ranch Foundation℠, now in our 58th year, continues to support our nation’s at-risk youth on behalf of the Beverage Alcohol Industry.
Grants have been awarded to the Woodside, CA-based Peninsula Outreach Programs (POPSkids.org), now in its 25th year. POPSKids was founded in 1993 by President and CEO Ursula Miller to serve those in the community who were unable to receive aid from traditional sources. The Family Assistance Program and the Referral Service Program provided a valuable safety net for those “falling through the cracks”. However, it was their Conductive Education Program, added to POPS in 1995, that filled the greatest and most immediate need.
Ursula Miller, President & CEO-POPSKids flanked by Tom Shaker-Executive Director POPSKids and Mike Donohoe Vice President Board Member Sky Ranch Foundation
“The Foundation and others in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, including Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits,BevMo, proudly supports this deserving organization,” said Foundation President Ralph Aguera. “We have witnessed, countless times, the results of our grants by the copious amount of beaming smiles on these kids’ faces. It’s truly heart-warming,” noted Foundation Vice President Mike Donohoe.
Sky Ranch Foundation sponsored a hole at POPSKids annual Golf Outing
Southern Wine and Spirit’s Golf Tournament at Silverado Resort and Spa fundraises for POPS Kids each year, and what a great thing it is that they do! This year we had a magnificent time. Join us in remembering some of the great moments in July at Silverado!
Our POPS Kids’ team was able to invite some special guests from Boost Camp! Some of these kids have been part of the POPS kids family for many years, and will stay in our funded programs for years to come. We were happy to welcome their parents as well, and celebrate all of their successes.
In 2013, education leaders in California developed a “Task Force on Special Education” to identify barriers faced by students with disabilities and submitted recommendations to make the school system work for students of all abilities. One proposal in closing the performance gap is early childhood education. Research has consistently confirmed that children who have quality care and early education realize important gains in language and social-emotional cognitive development. For children with disabilities, it is even more crucial, as early intervention and education can identify developmental delays at a young age. To promote an environment that enables children of all abilities to flourish, the Task Force envisioned a setting where general education and special education programs work together as one system. Under this inclusive system, students with disabilities will learn, play, and interact in classrooms alongside their general education peers.
Following these recommendations, Lifehouse and our partners, the Marin County Office of Education and Dominican University, will open an inclusive preschool in Marin County. Mary Jane Burke, the Marin County Superintendent of Schools, is “thrilled about this opportunity to offer a positive, enriching preschool experience for children with and without disabilities. It is our hope that this will develop into a best practices model and potentially become available to all children. Research has shown that children with disabilities show greater academic and social growth when they are in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Moreover, children with and without disabilities will benefit from even greater opportunities for teacher collaboration, social skill development, and diversity within the classroom setting”. After many months of collaboration and planning, we are excited to announce that the inauguration of our inclusive preschool, Great Expectations, is set for the Fall of 2018. As it is the Lifehouse mission to provide services to enable each individual regardless of disability to live a full life and to be integrated into the community, the preschool will be a great opportunity to begin the process of positive socialization and academic readiness for young children with disabilities. Ultimately, our goals are to show how inclusiveness is beneficial for all parties involved and serve as a model for future inclusive preschool classrooms both in Marin County and nationwide.
Boost Camp is an incredible program created by United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, that teaches and inspires young children with Cerebral Palsy to past any borders. Volunteers work 1 to 1 with children to help them move, achieve goals, and learn something new. It is one of the few hands on programs in the United States that works with children, and we have seen incredible results! POPS Kids is so honored to support this program and what it stands for. Below you can join us in the experience and see the photos from this summer’s Boost Camp! Enjoy!
The pickleball event in Reno that supports Conductive Education! THRIVE is a summer conductive education program based in Reno, Nevada, hosted by the United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada. THRIVE would love to expand to Las Vegas next summer, and Pickleball might just be the way!
THRIVE summer camp this year is June 18 through July 20 this summer, Monday through Friday 9 am until 3 pm. The University of Nevada at Reno has again donated space. Mark your calendars and sign up here.
“I learned early on that because of my disability, nothing would ever be easy in life. I think it pushed me to mature quickly and I really had no option but to be positive and move forward through every challenge. I wanted to share the message with others in a similar position that even through disappointing or frustrating circumstances, happiness, renewed strength, and wisdom can be attained if you choose to believe in yourself and in life.”
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!”