Welcome back from Spring break!
We are very grateful to Parents Helping Parents and Temple Isaiah for a very successful Learning Disability Simulation Workshop in March. Once again this unique program drew a full house and everyone left with a new level of understanding of how it feels to live with various learning disabilities. (Be sure to check out the article the East Bay Times wrote about the Simulation by clicking here.)
Though we make our programs available to the public at no charge, there is a cost to SEED, and none of it would be possible without the generous support of our community. We hope many of you will come to our Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser, SEED's major fundraising event. One of the many highlights of our annual fundraiser is our pay-to-play parties, especially the ones for the children. They are an opportunity to sign up your children of all ages to some super fun parties while supporting SEED.
On April 26, do not miss our free Resource Fair. You will find out about and meet many wonderful organizations, services and providers in our area, some well established and some new. For instance, we are quite excited to announce that the amazing Fiddleheads after-school and camp program is opening a new location in Lamorinda/Walnut Creek area and SEED members are the first to know and meet them at our fair.
Now onto some Lafayette School District news:
- SEED recently provided funding to the Early Intervention Program at Burton Valley to acquire equipment and content to incorporate musical activities into their curriculum. Sam Sheldon, EI Coordinator for the District, beautifully acknowledged the impact: "We see our students' faces light up; sparkly eyes and big smiles, when their favorite songs come on, music gains their attention and captures their interest immediately and fully. We love the quote, 'Art and music have the role in education of helping children become more themselves instead of more like anyone else.'"
- At the April 19 School Board Meeting, Pat Gargiulo, Director of Students Services, will present his annual review of the Special Ed program. This is the most critical School Board Meeting for Special Ed parents to attend every year. We hope to see many of you there. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM at the Stanley Middle School Library. The agenda will be published 72 hours in advance here.
Finally, please note that Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) will hold a Respite Night on April 28. Their Respite Nights are free and open to children with disabilities and their siblings in the community at large. My children all love these respite nights. They are the highlight of their week when they happen. The wonderful staff and volunteers who organize them set up a wide range of activities to make them accessible to all. I am very moved and grateful by the passion of the people behind this and other respites in our area. Another Respite Night will be held at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church for the SEED Fundraiser on May 5.
Have a wonderful month!