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NEWSLETTERFebruary2014VCLCchildrenenjoyPetTherapysessionsthroughouttheschoolyear.AtarecentsessioninDecemberClaireandTangofromBideaweevisitedseveralclassrooms.ThePetTherapyprogramhelpspromotethechildrenssociallanguageandcognitivedevelopment.ThechildrenenjoyedpettingandinteractingwithTangothetherapydog.PetTherapyVCLCsdedicatedParentOrganizationnotonlysupportstheAgencysfundraisingeventsbutalsoorganizesseveralfundraiserstobenefitourschoolaswellincludingtheholidaygiftwrapeventclothingsaleandourfamilycouponbooks.InJanuaryourParentOrganizationalsohostedawelcomebackluncheonforVCLCstaffmembers.OnbehalfofthestaffandadministrationwewouldliketothanktheParentOrganizationforgoingaboveandbeyondforusTheFamilyCenterSundayRespiteProgramrecentlyreceivedtwoadditionaliPadsthroughagrantfromtheNassau-SuffolkChapteroftheAutismSocietyofAmericaNSASA.Lastyearin2013NSASAgavetheprogramitsfirstiPad.ThethreeIPadsThankstotheParentOrganizationFamilyCenterSundayRespiteProgramReceivesNSASAGrantforiPadsareawelcomeadditiontotherespiteprogram.ThechildrenusetheiPadstoplaygamesinteractwithothersandexploreinterests.VCLCsFamilyCenterRespiteProgrammeetseighteenSundaysContinuedonpage247HumphreyDriveSyossetNewYork11791o516.921.7171owww.vclc.org VARIETYCHILDLEARNINGCENTER2betweenSeptemberandJuneandonfivedesignatedvacationdaysduringtheyear.TheprogramfundedbyNewYorkSateOfficeofPeoplewithDevelopmentalDisabilitiesOPWDDandMedicaidprovidessocialandrecreationalactivitiesforchildrenages3to10yearsoldandrespiteforthefamilies.TheprogramisopentofamilieswithchildrenwithdisabilitieswhoareOPWDDeligibleandresideinNassauandSuffolkCounties.SuzanneReekpresidentofNSASAdescribesherexperienceswiththeprogramMysonattendedVarietysprogramduringaverydifculttimeforourfamily.Mydadatthetimewasdiagnosedwithcancerandwashomebound.Theprogramallowedmetospendthedaywithmydadwhilemysonenjoyedadayofactivitiesinasafefunplace.VarietysRespiteProgramisexcellentandwewerefortunatetobeabletoparticipateinit.ContinuedfromcoverFamilyCenterSunday...NSASABoardMemberDawnTortora-MoriciRpresentediPadstoRebeccaEsquilinCortesLonJanuary12.ThankyouNSASAfortheiPadsMarch16thKylenFitzpatricktorunNYC12MarathonforVCLCMarch28thAnEveningofComedytoBenefitVarietyChildLearningCenter700p.m.1100p.m.CrestHollowCountryClubApril26thVarietysAnnualWalkBethpageStateParkMay10thYouthActionCouncilCarWash10a.m.-12p.m.10PerCarCalendarofEventsKylenFitzpatricktoRunNYC12MarathoninSupportofVCLCFamilyWorkshopProtectingYourChildLegallyandFinanciallyAndrewCohenEsq.andMitchWeisbrokCLUChSNCpresentedaseminarforfamiliesonSundayJanuary26thtodiscussthelegalandfinancialpreparationsthatarecrucialtosafeguardingassetsandbenefitsforchildrenwithspecialneeds.TomAddisonCFPfromtheCenterforWealthPreservationarrangedforAndrewandMitchtocometoVCLC.AndrewandMitchbothparentsofchildrenwithdisabilitiesprovidedfamilieswithinformationaboutgovernmentbenefitsforindividualswithdisabilitiesestablishingguardianshipestateplanningandmore.Familiesfoundtheseminarbeneficial.AndrewandMitchwillrepeatthisseminarlaterinthespring.www.vclc.orgSupportKylenFitzpatrickassherunsintheNYCMarathononMarch162014toraisemoneyforVCLC.KylenisthesisterofanalumnistudentMichaelwhowasenrolledatVCLCintheearly1990s.YoucanshowyoursupportbymakingadonationtoVarietyChildLearningCenterbycheckpayabletoVarietyChildLearningCenteroronlineatvclc.orgorathttpwww.crowdrise.comkylenshalfmarathonfundraiserkylenfitzpatrick VARIETYCHILDLEARNINGCENTER3BarbaraLunaInstructorfromCazenoviaCollegeInthebackgroundVCLCstafflefttorightGloriaArzuCynthiaMarinKarinKienleInforegroundlefttorightJudyCannarozziKimGosling-FruddenDianaJuravleaVCLChasarrangedwithCazenoviaUniversityinCazenoviaNewYorktoprovidecollegeclassesfortheTAsTeacherAssistantsAidesatVCLC.TheTAswillbegintheirsecondclassthisweek.TheCazenoviaclasseshelptheTAsenhancetheirskillstoworkwithyoungchildrenwithdisabilities.EighteenTAscompletedthefirstcourseCooperativeDisciplineinNovember.VCLCreimbursestheTAsfortheclassandtheirbooksaftercompletingtheclassandreceivingapassinggrade.DonationfromtheMacriFamilyVCLCTAsTakeCollegeCoursesatVCLCTwomiddleschoolbrothersJimmyandKevinspendtwotothreehoursamonthatVCLCdoingcommunityservicetofulfilltheirJuniorNationalHonorSocietyrequirements.TheboysarethesonsofVCLCsBoardofTrusteememberAliceRouse.Theyhelpwithclericaltaskssuchasshreddinglabellingandstuffingenvelopesandcuttingoutpicturesandmaterialsusedbythechildrenintheschool.ThankyouKevinandJimmyforallyourhelpMiddleSchoolStudentsDoCommunityServiceatVCLCStaffmembersfromGeicoinWoodburyhaveonceagainmadeagenerousdonationtoourcenter.Throughout2013Geicosstaffoperatedasnackbarintheirofficeandcollected15000.Since1997almost220000hasbeenraisedanddonatedtoVCLCfromtheirefforts.Allfundsdirectlybenefitthefamiliesandchildrenenrolledwithinourprograms.Thefundsareusedtoassistfamilieswithtransportationcoststoattendparentmeetingsandparenteducationgroupsclothingfurniturerentutilitiesandfood.ThankyoutotheGeicostafffortheircontinuedgenerosityandsupportGeicoStaffDonates15KtoVarietyBrothersKevinandJimmyhelpAlicefromtheVCLCBoardofTrusteeswithclericaltaskstocompletethecommunityservicerequire-mentsfortheJuniorNationalHonorSociety.VarietywouldliketoexpressasincerethankyoutotheMacriFamilyfortheirdonationof2000whichwasgiveninmemoryofDeanneMacri.ThedonationwillhelprenovateoneofVCLCsspeechtherapyrooms. VarietyChildLearningCenter47HumphreyDriveSyossetNY11791P516.921.7171or800.933.8779VCLCFaxNumbersAdministration516-921-8130DirectionCenter516-921-2354EducationOffice516-921-6503EarlyIntervention516-496-4958Evaluations516-921-5008LongIslandECDC516-921-2354www.vclc.orgwww.facebook.comVarietyChildLearningCenterNEWSLETTERFebruary2014Non-ProftOrganizationUSPostagePAIDPermitNo.62SyossetNY47HumphreyDriveSyossetNY11791