Monthly Archives: January 2015

A new look at the Friendship Academy

The Friendship Academy is an amazing program where all children play to learn. This unique program provides an excellent early childhood education program with a research-driven and enriched curriculum in a child-friendly and safety-oriented setting.

The Friendship Academy is an inclusive program, which means that children with disabilities learn side-by-side with their typically developing peers. The benefit to the children with disabilities is the opportunity to model their peers. The benefits to the typically developing children are many. Some of the program features include; “Handwriting Without Tears”, an eco-science experience with a greenhouse/garden, music instructor, arts and crafts, iPad technology and a library and book loan program.

We have created a video that gives you first-hand look at how the program is impacting families.

Simple, heartfelt effort by students yields impressive results!

by Jacqueline McClure

Last month, Brandywine Technical College High School’s Gateway program held a two week fundraiser for Walk With Me on June 6, 2015 to benefit Easter Seals Southeastern Pennsylvania. The 8th grade class of four students voted on the organization they wanted to fundraise for and set a goal of $800.  By selling Philly Pretzel Factory pretzels and asking for donations going from classroom to classroom, they surpassed that goal and raised over $1100! Thank you to Gateway 8th graders and their teacher, Mindy Hughes for all your hard work and fundraising efforts to spread the word about Walk With Me Philadelphia throughout your community.

gateway pic

A reason to celebrate!!

We did it! You did it! Together, we built a new center in Bucks County and exceeded the capital funds goal. We have pledges and gifts of over $1,525,000 towards the purchase and renovation of our new Margaret “Judge” Brooks Center in Bucks County.

The state-of-the-art center is already in use, allowing us to more effectively meet the needs of the children we serve. The building is bright, accessible and welcoming. It is a perfect environment in which teachers and therapists can help children develop greater independence. Amazing things are happening there every day and we invite you to tour the center and see first-hand the impact of our services.

We are extremely grateful for the support and generosity of every donor and volunteer that made this possible. There is no greater investment than the children we serve.

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