Menus for the Mind, An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.

Thank you!

On Thursday, June 15, 2017  our students began our Menus for the Mind program by singing  “Lean on Me” and “Time of Your Life.” The excitement and enthusiasm was felt throughout the room and the happiness was contagious.
Thank you for supporting the mission of the school; seeing limitless possibilities in our children, developing their
self-confidence, and helping them to achieve

all that is important to them.

During sponsor a child, Menus guests generously contributed $41,854 for the Early Intervention program.
PGCS recognizes that early intervention is of the utmost importance in helping children achieve their unique potential and we must raise over $200,000 to cover a deficit in providing early intervention services.
Thank you for your commitment to helping children receive interventions that will greatly impact their lives!

As Leslie Odom Jr. sang in “Dear Theodosia” from HamiltonIf we lay a strong enough foundation, we’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you, and you’ll blow us all away…” We are reminded of how vital the collaboration is among our families, staff, donors, and friends of the school, in building a strong foundation for our students, and allowing them the opportunity to amaze us again and again.

For more photos from the evening, click here

Nursing Suite Renovation Updates!
At our Fall Luncheon on November 3, 2016, sponsor a child generated $57,250 to help fund the renovation of the nursing suite. Construction began June 19th. The nurses were operating in a 125 square foot space to serve 120 students, many of whom have complex and varying medical needs that require attention throughout the day. With your funds, we plan to knock down walls to open space, create three treatment areas instead of one, add a working bathroom, build a storage space, create a rest area, and purchase medical equipment.

The generosity of our Menus guests was critical in making this project possible.

Our students and staff thank you.

Stay tuned for more progress!
This magical event would not be possible without the dedication, support, and passion of our co-chairs, Jerry Rose and Joanne Balady.
Thank you for all that you do.
 

PGCS Menus for the Mind Spring Fashion Show

Menus’ Fashion Show with PGCS alumni and Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada, at Menus for the Mind Spring Luncheon!

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Lauren Weisberger, author of the Devil Wears Prada, PGCS alumni, Caitlyn, Robert, and Victoria, and Bloomingdale’s Short Hills amazed the audience at the 21st annual Menus for the Mind Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.

On May 5, 2016 our mission was at the heart of our Menus for the Mind Spring Luncheon – giving our guests the opportunity to see first-hand what  “helping children lead full, productive lives, develop confidence in their own abilities, and engage fully and frequently in the community” means for our students at P.G. Chambers School. PGCS Alumni, Caitlyn, Robert, and Victoria styled looks for their own fashion show with a community friend, Bloomingdale’s at the Short Hills Mall. PGCS alumni attend Roxbury High School- which offers public high school option for students with disabilities. All three students have completed major projects in fashion at Roxbury.

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PGCS alum, Victoria, talked with the guests using her augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or voice output device, saying, “I attended P.G. Chambers for eleven years. In fifth grade I organized a fashion show with the help of Mrs. Gilliland and another former student. I was so excited, because that was my first experience with fashion. I will be attending CCM for fashion merchandise. After attending college I planned to become a personal stylist.” Victoria is fulfilling her hopes and dreams, as she continues to discover her unique potential, just as we hoped she would

 

 

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As guest speaker, Lauren Weisberger, toured the school; she was simply amazed at the children and staff. She said, “I read, and researched, but nothing was quite as powerful as walking down the hallways and seeing the driving passion of the teachers and therapists, and the students glowing with happiness- it was breathtaking.”

For the past 21 years, Menus for Mind has been the signature fundraising event for P.G. Chambers School (www.chambersschool.org).  In addition to raising the awareness of the school and its mission, Menus has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide new technologies, curriculum, specialized equipment, and materials to students with disabilities.

 

Our 21st Menus for the Mind Lecture Luncheon Series proved to be the most successful, raising $225,000. Thank you to all of our supporters and friends who made this a reality for the students of P.G. Chambers School.

Kevin Pearce Discovers P.G. Chambers School!

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DSC_1334P.G. Chambers School is no ordinary school. Inside the walls of P.G. Chambers School, magic happens. This magic is called happiness. And what is Happiness to you? “Happiness is the joy you feel  on the way to discovering your potential.” At P.G. Chambers School, we strive to help each child discover his and her unique potential, and Menus for the Mind Lecture Luncheon provides funding just for that. On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Kevin Pearce was able to discover his groove,  his creativity, his voice, and of course his happiness with the students at the 21st Annual Menus for the Mind Fall luncheon. Although our students may have challenges each day, they are  children who inspire us, they are the reason many of us wake up in the morning, and they are on their very own journey to discovering their unique potential.

Watch Kevin discover his groove!

A little history about Menus for the Mind…

Menus for the Mind began 21 years ago when PGCS parents and friends joined forces in the hopes of raising money on a continuous basis for the children of P.G. Chambers School. They had surveyed a broad range of women’s organizations- professional, social, civic, and schools, to decide who would be their target group. That target group of women who were sophisticated, knowledgeable, and community minded became the root of a tree that blossomed and continues to blossom year after year.

Kevin’s Journey at P.G. Chambers School…
2On November 12, 2015, Kevin Pearce, his brother, Adam, and girlfriend, Rose, met the students of P.G. Chambers School. Kevin and Adam were amazed at the students abilities and the joy they could see on the students’ faces. As Kevin said, “There is something so unique about this place, I have never seen a school like this!” 

 

5Kevin walked  the halls of P.G. Chambers School as if he knew every staff member and every child for years. Kevin’s genuine manner  was felt by everyone who attended. The energy in the air was electric as Kevin made connections with people young and old. Here, Kevin is with PGCS speaker, Emily Smith. Kevin and Emily instantly connected when Kevin spoke about his brother, David, who also has Down syndrome. According to David, the correct term is “Up syndrome” because he is always up! Emily seemed to take a liking to the term and thoroughly enjoyed her time getting to know Kevin and his crew.

Kevin’s message…

Kevin was at the top of his sport as a world class professional snowboarder in 2009, when he sustained a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. On the road to recovery, he transformed his unfortunate position to that of a fortunate one. He used his brain injury as a source of inspiration, education, and awareness. To learn more about his story click here to read Kevin Pearce’s Interview with HipNJ. and visit his website at LoveYourBrain.

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Honestly, this article could run on and on simply because of all the good that came out of those swift two hours. Kevin’s message to everyone is to embrace who you are and stop negative thinking, what he called A.N.Ts These ANTS are Antagonistic Negative Thoughts- and guess what? everyone has them. Let’s follow in Kevin’s footsteps and transform negative situations into positive ones, and to see light in times of darkness. Our brain empowers us to think, to act, and to be…after all, it is the most important piece of equipment that we have.

Oh, and did I mention, Kevin is also a professional auctioneer…

 Thank you to our co-chairs, Jerry Rose and Joanne Balady for your continued passion year after year.

How Kids Count Changed Our Family’s Life Forever.

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A few weeks ago, P.G. Chambers School and the community celebrated our 11th Annual Golf Classic.  It was a truly beautiful day at Roxiticus Golf Club in Mendham, New Jersey.  Fun was had by all.  As the sun set and dinner was served, guests were treated to the story of the Farfield family, told by the father, Russell.  His son, Spencer, was enrolled in P.G. Chambers School Kids Count Childcare program for the past few years.  As you will read, Russell said that enrolling his son in Kids Count, “…changed things dramatically, and changed [my family’s] life forever.”  

Please read the entire text below.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Russell for his words that night.  They serve as a dynamic way to demonstrate the impact that P.G. Chambers School and Kids Count has on our students, as well as children in the community.  This kind of story, one of real change, is the type that makes us smile!  

“My son was born 9 weeks premature and weighed a little over 3 pounds. He spent 5 weeks in the NICU fighting and growing strong enough to maintain his own body temperature and come home.  By 6 months we noticed that our little smile machine wasn’t holding his head up well or rolling over.  His grandfather said “boy he’s going to be a fighter – he always has his fists ready”!  At 11 months we got an MRI that showed white matter, essentially scar tissue, where there should have been grey matter in his brain.  This confirmed a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.

We had no idea of what this meant, but we were in for a thorough education.  For the next 2 years we endured a seemingly unending barrage of medical experts who wanted to be sure we understood all the things that our beautiful, happy boy would ne67ver do: run, jump, walk, crawl, sit up on his own, hold a conversation without drooling (if he could speak at all), hold a pen, and on, and on.  One thing he would certainly do – wear very thick glasses at least until he went blind in all likelihood.

Even after he started achieving some of these milestones – crawling, holding his head high, walking with a walker and speaking both English and French- we had educators tell us that since the law required it, they would make room for him in school.  Then after a year, they very compassionately told us that because he could not draw a perfect stick figure with eyes, nose and mouth like a 3yr old should, he should certainly continue his education in a day hospital.  Needless to say school was not a happy place for our son.

While you may find it hard to believe, I assure you that every one of these comments were made to our faces, and some of them multiple times.  This paints a very dark picture.  But things get better, and I only share this dismal place so that you can understand the contrast that follows.  I’m happy to tell you that things changed dramatically and changed forever.

In 2013 we found the P.G. Chambers School, and enrolled our son in the Kids Count PreK program run by Carolyn Young and a fantastic team of remarkable ladies.  When I tell you that it was like a curtain lifting and the clouds parting it is no exaggeration.  For those of you who may not know, Kids Count is an inclusion program for infants through PreK.  Inclusion means that children with disabilities or delays and typically developing children learn and laugh, and eat and play, and blossom- together – side by side.

Even beyond the wonderful, dedicated staff what sets Kids Count apart is that as part of P.G. Chambers School, the staff has access to all of the experts, resources, technology, equipment and creativity of the entire P.G. Chambers School community to pull in anytime it will benefit a child.  And God bless them, they use it every chance they get.  Those who need services, get them from some of the most dedicated therapists you could ever hope to imagine.  But, because Kids Count is part of P.G. Chambers School, those therapies don’t end the minute the child is returned to class.  They are not an add-on or an afterthought; they are integrated into every facet of every activity all day long.

Under the caring eyes of Carolyn, Christen, and team, my son ran full tilt into that environment and was met with open and loving arms and he never looked back.  In an instant he went from being the handicapped kid in school, to Spencer, the boy who happened to use a walker.

This past August we said a very bitter-sweet farewell to the Kids Count team, as Spencer graduated on to the Kindergarten in our local school district.  I drew the short straw and had the task of picking Spencer up on his last day.  I had to send Carolyn an email beforehand to thank her and the team.  Frankly I knew I was going to be a mess once I got there and I wanted to be sure I could express  how much we appreciated not just what they do, but how they do it – day in and day out.  Going to Kindergarten meant we were leaving P.G. Chambers School behind.  But it meant that we were doing so with a child who looked forward to going to school, who was prepared to succeed in learning.  We were doing so as parents who knew what our son was capable of, and had the evidence of what was possible.  We had the physical proof and confirmation of what we always knew in our hearts!  I feel sorry for the next person who tries to tell us what our son can’t do, they are likely to find walker tracks across their forehead!

This is what P.G. Chambers School has meant to us.  Unless you have experienced this as a parent, I am not sure that I can explain to you how unique and comforting this is.  It means respite, it means sanctuary.  It is finally one place where you don’t have to fight, just to get what should be.  It means there is not just someone, but an entire organization that believes in everything your child can achieve and aspire to.  And will encourage them every step of the way.

When you support P.G. Chambers School, this is what you are supporting, and you should feel really good about it.  THANK YOU!  This is why my family and I continue to support their efforts.  They make a difference, one amazing child at a time.  If you doubt it, come watch Spencer run the Children’s Race at the next 5K!”

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Buffalo Wild Wings Teams Up With P.G. Chambers School

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This summer, as we wrapped up the Power of 60 fundraising campaign, we couldn’t help but notice all of the fun, happiness, and smiles around the school and at our events. One of those events was a special lunch, hosted by Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockaway, NJ, benefittingIMG_1626 P.G. Chambers School students, families, and staff.

Children were able to eat for free, and it was a fun-filled afternoon with lots of laughs, smiles, and of course, great food. A truly relaxing and enjoyable way to mark the end-of-summer, and the start of a new school year. PGCS parent and Buffalo Wild Wings ManagerIMG_1635, Murph Murphy, whose son, Erik, is a student at the school, helped to coordinate the event.

From the moment that we arrived, Eric and his friendly staff were welcoming and warm, seating all PGCS guests in the same part of the dining area so parents and staff could mingle, while children played and ate with their classmates. With “Despicable Me 2” playing in the background, a real, life-size “minion” joined us; delighted students clamored to shake his hand, give him hugs, and take pictures.

Not to be outdone of course, the food for which the restaurant chain is named, the “wings” were supreme, with the staff table enjoying at least three full orders, replete with a variety of sauces. And the icing on the cake (or the sauce on the wings, if you will…) 10% of all the day’s wings’ proceeds went back to the school. Thank you Buffalo Wild Wings for an amazing day, a yummy lunch, and your contribution to P.G. Chambers School!

Photography by Erin Martin

Beyond the Tuition: Power of 60 Programs

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With just six weeks remaining in our yearlong Power of 60 Campaign, celebrating the school’s 60-year history and anniversary, we wanted to talk about six of the programs and initiatives that have been impacted by giving over the past year.

Our Comprehensive Early Intervention Program provides services for families and children with disabilities, from birth to three years of age. Research shows that early intervention has a tremendous, positive impact on both children and families in the short-term and and long-term. Our Early Intervention services include: home-based educational and therapy services; school based parent-child groups for toddlers, and an assistive technology program to provide assessments and interventions. Early Intervention services also provide a nice introduction to P.G. Chambers School, and many of the children and families who have participated in this program, go on to become permanent members of our school’s community for years to come.

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is a burgeoning field of medicine and therapy, and at P.G. Chambers School, we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of this new movement. CVI is an associated brain dysfunction as opposed to an ocular dysfunction, meaning that students diagnosed with CVI have perfectly normal eye functionality; what they lack is the ability to interpret and understand what their eyes are seeing. After conducting research into and attending trainings with the leading professional in the field, Christine Roman-Lantzy, PhD, our teachers and therapists have developed a CVI program at the school that has seen a change in student vision functionality by a range of .5 to 2.25 on the CVI 10-point ratings scale.

Kids Count Child Care is an inclusive program, accepting children with disabilities and/or developmental delays as well as children with typical development, from ages six weeks to five years. Our childcare program consists of: play and activity-based instruction and exploration, including time spent in the school’s Learning Park; developmental assessments and developmentally-appropriate curriculum; daily monitoring of the children’s health and wellbeing, and therapy services for children with disabilities. In addition, our program has flexible enrollment options, with operating hours of 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.

The Leadership Development Program is a program designed for the benefit of P.G. Chambers School staff, including teachers, therapists as well as administrators. An internal Leadership Task Force was central in developing the Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program. Using the leadership model posited in The Leadership Challenge (Kouzes and Posner), the task force developed a robust and well-rounded program that includes: classroom training, independent study, practical application, mentoring and individualized learning plans. We are now on our third class of LEAD participants, with department directors nominating one direct-report for participation each year.

The Move to Learn Project is an initiative aimed at integrating the school’s curriculum with strategies to get students moving and positioned in ways that best facilitate their learning, attentiveness and focus. This project started at the school in a grass-roots fashion with teachers and therapists noticing that the traditional model of sitting upright in a chair was not necessarily conducive to optimal learning for many of our students. Staff therefore began repositioning students into alternative learning positions including lying down or standing up. In order to accommodate these students and their new learning positions, P.G. Chambers School has purchased new equipment and re-designed classrooms over the past year, as well as adapting the schedule to begin each day with movement, as research shows that movement has a positive impact on the brain and its development.

Our Outcomes Measurement Initiative is an effort aimed at making our programs and services more accountable by more accurately measuring changes in the skills, attitudes and behaviors of our students. In the past, students were assessed annually, on individual basis. While important to measure individual progress, this method of evaluation did not allow us to glean comprehensive and useful information about our programs and services as a whole. We launched an Outcomes Measurement Task Force in 2008, and after conducting research into outcomes measurement resources and tools, the task force determined that we would need to build a proprietary tool in-house in order to assess the five critical areas of development for children with disabilities: social skills, communication, navigation, personal care and academics. We are currently in process of testing the reliability and validity of our tool, with future plans in progress to patent and share the tool.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “Beyond the Tuition,” and the programs highlighted above are indicative of steps, measures and programs we have taken and are committed to that express just that sentiment. Please consider a donation of $6 or more to this campaign today so we can continue to provide cutting-edge services to our students and families, and support the staff who do this meaningful work each day.

THE POWER OF 60! #GivingAvalanche

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Last week, we entered the final two-month push of our Power of 60 Campaign, celebrating the school’s rich 60-year history. We created a corresponding video, showcasing and featuring the school’s tremendous work, the dedicated staff and and the unique and talented students, whom we service each and every day. You can view the video here:
 
The 60th Anniversary of the school is special and significant in that when we launched the campaign last year, in the fall of 2014, the nation was also celebrating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of education, a historic ruling which stated emphatically that all children had the right to an equal education. While this Supreme Court decision did not address the rights and needs of children with disabilities, it paved the way and set the precedent and tone for P.L. 94-192 enacted in 1975, and subsequently re-authorized as the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1990, with the legislation celebrating a milestone anniversary this year, in 2015, as well.
 
To date, we have surpassed the 50% mark in our effort to raise $300,000 to commemorate the school’s 60 years of dedication and service to children with special needs and disabilities. We have had the privilege and honor of working with trustees, staff, students, families, parents and other members of the P.G. Chambers School community in achieving this goal, and we look forward to working with many more of you in the final two months of this campaign.
 
So how can you help? First, please take a moment to donate now, if you haven’t already. Once you’ve donated, share this campaign with your networks (families, friends, colleagues, etc.) by email, social media, texts or phone calls. Remember, you and your “team” can donate as much or as little as you want, as many times as you want. Every donation is significant – from $6 up to $600 or more! The most common mistake in fundraising is neglecting to ask for a donation so don’t feel shy. You can find an template to use for outreach at the bottom of this post.
 
In addition, “like,” share and retweet our content on Facebook and Twitter. This is also a great way to stay on top of the latest and greatest from P.G. Chambers School AND, as an added bonus, we will award the top 4 PowerPlayers for the final two months of this campaign with two (2) tickets to one of our annual fundraising events: the Golf Classic, Menus for the Mind Luncheon Series, Casino Night, or the Walk.Run.Fun 5K. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and give! #summergiving, #givingavalance, #powerof60
EXAMPLE TEMPLATE: Please feel free to amend this template.

Dear (Name),

In 1954 the power of a small group of parents convinced an entire community to support a school and therapy center for children with disabilities. Today, 60 years later, that power has made P.G.Chambers School a leader in special education and therapies for over 800 children each year. As you may know, I have been involved in this campaign by giving myself.

The Powerof60 Campaign was launched to celebrate those 60 extraordinary years and take us forward for many more. My role is to ask you to join the campaign in two ways, make and gift and pass it on. The chart below, explains how very easy it is for a small group of people to do extraordinary things with a gift of $6, $60, or $600.

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(Optional) Your gift of $6, $60, $600, or $6,000 can help me reach my goal of raising $_____ for the school.

To donate, simply click on this link http://www.chambersschool.org/powerof60.html , complete the online donation form.

My second request is that you “pass it on” by asking your family members and friends network to consider a gift to the school as well. Simply copy this email links and send away!

Following, sharing, liking and retweeting from the school’s Facebook page and Twitter account are also great ways to tell your friends and family about the school .

I thank you in advance for helping me with this important effort.

Best regards,

(Your name)

Reaching Beyond Our Doors: Contract Services Expands

During the 2012-13 school year, physical therapist, Kristin Young, was promoted to Director of Contract Services. With the growing need to respond to schools with physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, it was a natural step in P.G. Chambers School’s organizational development to create a Contract Services Department to better support the services we provide in the community. This year we have established 15 separate school contracts, providing therapy to over 650 children.

We have also launched an effort, within the contract services department, to identify a second school district and establish a high school class modeled on the VISTA program, our collaborative class at Roxbury High School. Kristin, having worked in contracts for PGCS for many years, is building strong relationships with school personnel, allowing PGCS to respond to the needs of classroom teachers. “This is having an enormous impact on inclusive placement for children with disabilities in the community,” states Kristin. “I am thrilled to have PGCS in this role.”

Learn more about Kristin by reading five questions with Kristin Young, PT, DPT, PGCS Director of Contract Services.

1. What part of your job as Director of Contract Services are you most proud of?

I am honored to be the first PGCS employee to hold this position and proud to be able to bring our cutting-edge services to students in the community through Contract services. In this role, my major responsibility is to be an ambassador in other schools and agencies, bringing our message and approach to children with disabilities to the community. I provide supervision and guidance to the therapists, allowing them to focus on delivering the best treatment possible for students in the community, as well as at PGCS.

2. What brought you to P.G. Chambers School?

In 2004, I attended a continuing education class at PGCS and was drawn to the school, its mission, and dedication to children with disabilities. I was impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of the therapists. Also, walking around the school, the students and staff happiness and love for learning was contagious. I wanted to be a part of creating possibilities for the students at PGCS and reached out to the former director of physical therapy, Cathy Pope, to inquire about openings. The rest, as they say, is history!

3. As a physical therapist, what is your greatest accomplishment in working with children with disabilities?

Seeing students become more independent and participating with other children their age is so rewarding. To know that through our therapeutic relationships, students participate in sports, engage in recess activities, and navigate the school with confidence, are the best gifts of this position.

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4. Why did you want to be a physical therapist for children with disabilities?

When I was a teenager, I had a swimming injury and was helped enormously by my physical therapist. The help that I received made me want to do the same. Upon entering physical therapy school, I focused on sports therapy, and saw myself working with athletes after graduation. While in school, my final clinical placement was at Penn State, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where I was assigned to providing physical therapy to children with disabilities. This was life changing for me. During that placement, I learned that through physical therapy for children with disabilities I could make a real difference, and from there my career path was set.

5. What motivates you?

Our mission, discovering the unique potential within every child, motivates me to see that each one of them reaches his or her full potential through the therapies needed to be successful, both in school and in life. This propels me to extend our reach and implement our mission in the community, and serve a greater number of students through our Contract Services program. Oh and yes, vanilla lattes too!

Special Day for Special Needs: Basketball Booster Club Supports PGCS

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The West Essex Knights Girls’ Varsity Basketball team is proud to host “Special Day For Special Needs” to raise funds and awareness for children with special needs and disabilities.

Please come out and watch the West Essex Knights host the Mt. Olive Marauders on Saturday, February 14th at noon at West Essex Regional High School in North Caldwell, NJ. In lieu of admissions, donations will be accepted on-site and forwarded to P.G. Chambers School on behalf of the West Essex Girls’ Basketball Booster Club. If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute to the event, please click HERE to make a donation and note “special day for special needs” in the notes section.

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This event is near and dear to Knight’s co-captain Stephanie Lee’s (pictured above) heart as her little sister, Samantha (Sammie), passed away suddenly at the age of 13 in June 2013. Sammie attended P.G. Chambers School from kindergarten to 7th grade.

Through the years, P.G. Chambers School has provided Sammie and many children with disabilities the attentive, nurturing care, and therapeutic services needed to thrive. Sammie’s love for basketball was evident through her support for Steff on the sidelines as her biggest cheerleader. The Lee family would like to have the event to honor Sammie’s school, P.G. Chambers School.

For possible schedule changes, please go to www.westex.org

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P.G. Chambers School Auxiliary: Taking Care of “Our Kids”

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The P.G. Chambers School Auxiliary was founded over thirty-five years ago when a group of dedicated volunteers formed an auxiliary, their mission: to raise funds to support therapy programs for “our kids”: children with disabilities living in Morris County. That small handful of volunteers has blossomed into a dedicated group of over 50 people.

These dedicated women have been spreading goodwill throughout the community since the 1970’s and are still a force to be reckoned with! The Auxiliary fundraising efforts continue throughout the year with mailings, non-events, theater parties, the annual New York City Lights Tour, pie sales, as well as many other exciting and unique projects.

The Auxiliary sponsors an annual summer luncheon for all members to provide the opportunity to come to the school and enjoy a nice lunch, and most importantly, to meet and interact with the students.

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Mitzi Szerlip, President of the Auxiliary called the June Luncheon to order by welcoming all who were in attendance. Vice President, Helen Schuyler announced the upcoming Broadway show, “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” on October 22nd.  Helen also reported the success of the annual Spring Dessert Sale, which raised $800.00.

Jeanne Nichols, Treasurer, presented Susan Seamans, Executive with a check of $3,000.00. Susan expressed her gratitude for the continued efforts of the Auxiliary that helps the school to go “beyond the tuition” to enable the students of PGCS to reach their full potential.

After the luncheon, the Auxiliary members enjoyed an interactive song and dance by Margey Dwyre-Daily and several of her music students. Let’s just say the colorful scarves were a big hit!

IMG_3175As Fran Schwartz, Secretary, said, “The money brought in from fundraisers, theater trips, note cards, and membership dues all go to “our kids” for their education. we do what we do  with love of “our kids”.

The Auxiliary is recruiting new members to help with their mission of supporting the school and the children. Interested? Contact Jeanne Nichols, PGCS Auxiliary Treasurer at 46 North Star Drive, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 or call the school at 973-829-8484.

To all the dedicated members of the Auxiliary, we thank you for your devotion to and advocacy for P.G. Chambers School.

Shirley Balch, Joyce Blackford, Harriet Broadwin, Nancy Cooper, Lisa D’Amico, Ruth Dickinson, Janet Engelmann, Ann Fawcett, Barbara Fernot, Elaine Gebel, Jill Gillette, Renee Gitto, Dee Goldstein, Flora Grossman, Patricia Healy, Kathleen Hoch, Doris Huyler, Barbara Jacobus, Lonia Kaletkowski, Ruth Kalish, Ruth Kantrowitz, Barbara Kimpland, Anny Korn, Marion Kump, Janet Lentz, Dorothy Lind, Elizabeth Maginness, Sonya Messer, Jeanne Nichols, Nancy Perkalis, Andrea C. Quigley, Judith Richards, Barbara Scheckman, Helen Schuyler, Francine P. Schwartz, Margaret Siegmund, Doris Smith, Irene Solondz, Verna Sullivan, Helen Szeeley, Mitzi Szerlip, Janet Tamburini, Carolyn Trapold, Dot Walek, Theresa Walsh, and Joan Zarnick.