Garden of Dreams Foundation Awards SCO Student ‘Inspire Scholarship’

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We are excited that Austin Van Schaick of Baldwin, NY, a student at our Westbrook Preparatory School in Westbury, is one of the inaugural recipients of Garden of Dreams’ Inspire Scholarships.
Congrats, Austin!  
Read the full announcement below:

 

 

THE GARDEN OF DREAMS FOUNDATION LAUNCHES INSPIRE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Foundation that works with The Madison Square Garden Company continues to change the lives of children in need throughout the tri-state area

Twelve $10,000 renewable college scholarships to be awarded each year; first round of recipients announced

 

NEW YORK, NY – (April 9, 2015) – The Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works closely with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to help children in need, has launched the Garden of Dreams Inspire Scholarship program, which will award twelve $10,000 renewable college scholarships each year to high school seniors from the Foundation’s partner organizations. The first recipients of these new scholarships were announced today. [Read more…]

SCO Taft Academy Conference

Nearly 200 staff members from our five campuses for youth with special needs attended the first SCO Taft Academy conference in March for a robust panel discussion and professional development activities. Through Taft, our staff are improving outcomes for children and youth with special needs by enhancing their skills and performance through Taft’s educational and professional development opportunities, and establishing a culture of performance excellence through consistent practice and interdisciplinary approaches.

Participants attended from the schools and residences at Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center/Tyree Learning Center, Ottilie RTF/Theresa Paplin School, Madonna Heights RTF & School, The Christopher School and Westbrook Preparatory School. The SCO Taft Academy is made possible by the generous support of the Taft Foundation. [Read more…]

NYS Senator Phil Boyle Visits Our Morning Star II Residence

Mom & SonTwo young mothers who were addicted to heroin and are currently in recovery at our Morning Star II residence on Wednesday described their experiences to New York State Senator Phil Boyle (R) 4th Senate District, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, in a meeting at our Madonna Heights campus in Dix Hills, Long Island. [Read more…]

RJMCC Thanksgiving

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Residents at our Robert J. McMahon Children’s Center celebrated Thanksgiving this week with a much-anticipated RJMCC annual tradition: a family-style Thanksgiving feast. The entire campus enjoyed good food and good company, joined by 42 local volunteers who shared a festive evening with youth in each of RJMCC’s seven residential units. The volunteers brought games, music and gifts for all of the children. “Everyone had an absolutely amazing night,” said SCO Director of Recreation and Volunteer Services Shelley Feldman. “We have the most dedicated and kind-hearted volunteers that you could ever imagine!”

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4th Annual Westbrook Prep Turkey Bowl

DSC_0448Brisk temperatures were no match for the spirit and enthusiasm of Westbrook Preparatory School students and staff at the 4th Annual Westbrook Prep Turkey Bowl football game Nov. 20th. The blue and green teams battled to a 28-28 tie in a game filled with big plays and lots of fun. Check out more photos in the gallery below! [Read more…]

Theresa Paplin School Open House

Mom & DaughterThe solar system, Coney Island and Orca whales were all on display at Theresa Paplin School’s Open House on our Ottilie campus Nov. 20th. Students proudly showed off their artwork and science projects to their equally proud parents. Browse more photos by clicking on any of the thumbnails in the gallery below! [Read more…]

Zombieland at The Christopher School

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Are you scared yet? You should be!

In honor of Halloween, The Christopher School turned into “Zombieland” yesterday – and everyone enjoyed a scary good time at the Bronx-based school and residence for youth with developmental disabilities.

Check out these spook-tacular photos! [Read more…]

Nourishing body & soul at Madonna Heights’ Café Believe

Homemade breakfast burritos, chocolate chip pancakes and strawberry smoothies served at a five-star table setting…Thursday morning breakfasts haven’t been the same since Café Believe opened at our Madonna Heights Residence in December 2012. What began as a challenge for the overnight staff to create an incentive for residents to complete their morning routines, has turned into a wonderful weekly homemade breakfast prepared and served to the residents by the overnight staff in a cozy campus kitchen.
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SCO Goes Back to School

There was laughter, a few tears and a lot of excitement this week across SCO Family of Services’ schools in New York City and on Long Island as some 1,300 children began a new academic year at SCO’s four Early Childhood Education Centers, three transfer high schools in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and five residential and special education schools in Queens, the Bronx and on Long Island. [Read more…]

OPWDD Field Day/BBQ

x peace cropIt was Field Day in Jamaica, Queens yesterday for the residents and staff of our homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn and Queens. Tug-of-war, relay races, water fights and even few pies in a few faces made for a fun, festive atmosphere on a picture-perfect day.

“We wanted to get everyone together out in the community to enjoy themselves outside of their normal routines,” said Program Manager Michael Spivey, who helped organize this first ever event. “This is like our extended SCO family.” [Read more…]

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