With the generous support of friends who share a commitment to children with challenges, Pace School reached new heights in excellence and creativity in 2009-2010.
The quality of Pace School’s programs and the excellence of its management practices were recognized by the prestigious Alfred W. Wishart, Jr. Award for Excellence. There are over 600 nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania and, among so many, Pace School took the prize for its superior performance.
Throughout the year, Pace explored new worlds and strategies to reach students with Autism and serious emotional, developmental or learning needs. Comic book adventures were created in collaboration with Brainstorm Creative to introduce incoming students to their new school. On-line videos were produced to allow parents to see what benefits await their child before they enroll. Collaborations with local professional artists gave children opportunities to express themselves in different ways.
And the journey continues!
Your support for 2010-2011 will make the lives of our students even better. Please join me and give now. Be part of our award winning effort to open the doors to learning for every child. Pace School students deserve no less. Thank you.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Staff members and interns from Penn State Outreach are blogging from the National Autism Conference at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel throughout the week. The conference, which averages about 2,500 participants, features experts in autism, educators, autism advocates, people with autism and their families. In this summary of conference sessions, Erin Rowley, a senior majoring in journalism and history, blogs about issues that college students with Asperger’s Syndrome face, and Kyle Casey, a senior majoring in public relations, blogs about support systems at home and school. Both are interns with Penn State Outreach.
By Erin Rowley
Pace School offers an exceptional alternative to traditional ESY programming for students with emotional disturbance and autism through a partnership with Gateway to the Arts. Utilizing art as a framework for learning, students are introduced to an extensive mixture of imaginative opportunities using applied artistic processes to build social and emotional skills. Through music, art, and drama, students experience new opportunities for collaboration and expression. This summer the Chuba classroom has the gratification to have Mr. Ricardo from the Gateway to the Arts in the classroom every morning!
Week 2 – Day 7 of ESY at Pace School
The kids bounded off their buses with brilliant smiles on their faces and enthusiasm for what the day would bring! They came into the building with laughter as they greeted friends, familiar faces, and staff. After the students placed their belongings in their locker, they got breakfast from Ms. Henry and came back to the classroom to eat. While they ate, there was morning work for them to complete. We, as staff, were available for help if the kids needed it. They are always such hard workers and get their morning work done without a fuss!