There are so many valuable things I have learned this past year: that my name, Rara, means strange in spanish, the many uses of a tshirt, that my students love seeing...
I am very happy at all the community outreach my school does. We are very fortunate to have a group of dedicated individuals that create and foster connections to student learning both in and outside the classroom. Our school prides itself on preparing our students to be a part of their communities. Our community connections include: Chatham Hills Nursing Home, NJ Community Food Bank, Essex County Environmental Center, Kathleen’s Closet, Goodwill Industries, East Side High School, Newark Leadership Academy, and St. Vincent’s Academy in Newark.
Parents Of Autistic Children
POAC is the largest autism organization in New Jersey, and they run solely based on donations and grants. None of their amazing workshops cost any money, they have wonderful activities throughout New Jersey, and the professional and parent involvement in the entire program is phenomenal.
- POAC Passaic County: The 4th Friday of each month at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Center.
2016 is the first year in my entire teaching career that I have not gone to the Autism NJ Conference, and I am a little sad about it. Autism NJ has the most amazing connections and brings together so many positive, dedicated people to the field of special needs programs. They have parent scholarships to attend the conference, and have year-round workshops, fundraisers, and a plethora of great resources for families with special needs children.
Autism Speaks is another great organization dedicated to helping children and families connect to professionals, businesses, and other special-needs friendly individuals. There are many fundraisers and special events that anyone can get involved in.
Nassan's Place is a local Newark community organization to help support families for children with special needs. They host parent meetings (and provide child care!), sensory friendly movie nights and host a plethora of events and fundraisers throughout each year. This amazing organization is run by parents with a special needs child, so the inspiration comes from the heart, and everything they do is donation based. This is a phenomenal resource for anyone.