As a newcomer this past year, I did not anticipate being welcomed into an organization so willing to accept new ideas and try new things to help their students.  For me, one particular classroom team’s efforts to overcome challenges and frustration throughout the 2009-2010 school year was a remarkable example of positive growth and change.

Faced with increasingly frequent and severe behavioral issues, the team members worked hard to address the problems within their classroom while also expressing their concerns and ideas to others staff members. »Read More

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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Gateway to the Arts at Pace

Gateway to the Arts has made a first rate impact on the students at Pace School ESY program.  The students have learned about the rich Brazilian culture.  They were exposed to the vibrant dance, appealing food, and alluring music. The students adopted Portuguese as a second language and learned many words in Portuguese including “hello” and “goodbye.” The next week, the students learned about quilt making. They learned how different symbols found on modern quilts represent words like “peace, boy, girl, and protection.”

The students at Pace were enriched by the astonishing music of Jazz. They learned how Jazz made an impact here in Pittsburgh and how Jazz musicians from Pittsburgh have changed the world. Gateway to the Arts brought modern dance to Pace and gave the students the opportunity to see professional dancers interpret their abilities. Last the students at Pace School ESY program were educated about the mother of all modern music- the Blues. They learned how the Blues started on the plantations in the South during the time of slavery. They learned how some important Blues musicians helped this country through a time of great adversity and division. »Read More