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CLC children enjoy Pet Therapy sessions throughout the school year. At a recent session in December, Claire and Tango from Bideawee visited several classrooms. The Pet Therapy program helps promote the children’s social, language and cognitive development. The children enjoyed petting and interacting with Tango, the therapy dog.

Thanks to the Parent Organization

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CLC’s dedicated Parent Organization not only supports the Agency’s fundraising events but also organizes several fundraisers to benefit our school as well, including the holiday gift wrap event, clothing sale and our family coupon books. In January, our Parent Organization also hosted a welcome back luncheon for VCLC staff members. On behalf of the staff and administration, we would like to thank the Parent Organization for going above and beyond for us!

Family Center Sunday Respite Program Receives NSASA Grant for iPads

The Family Center Sunday Respite

Program recently received two additional iPads through a grant from the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America (NSASA). Last year in 2013, NSASA gave the program its first iPad. The three IPads

are a welcome addition to the respite program. The children use the iPads to play games, interact with others and explore interests. VCLC’s Family Center Respite Program meets eighteen Sundays Continued on page 2

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Calendar of Events March 16th

Kylen Fitzpatrick to run NYC 1/2 Marathon for VCLC

March 28th

An Evening of Comedy to Benefit Variety Child Learning Center 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Crest Hollow Country Club

April 26th

Variety’s Annual Walk Bethpage State Park

May 10th

Youth Action Council Car Wash 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 Per Car

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Family Workshop: Protecting Your Child Legally and Financially

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between September and June and on five designated vacation days during the year. The program, funded by New York Sate Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and Medicaid, provides social and recreational activities for children ages 3 to 10 years old and respite for the families. The program is open to families with children with disabilities who are OPWDD eligible and reside in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Suzanne Reek, president of NSASA, describes her experiences with the program:

“My son attended Variety’s program during a very difficult time for our family. My dad at the time was diagnosed with cancer and was homebound. The program allowed me to spend the day with my dad…while my son enjoyed a day of activities in a safe, fun place. Variety’s Respite Program is excellent and we were fortunate to be able to participate in it.”

ndrew Cohen, Esq. and Mitch Weisbrok, CLU, ChSNC presented a seminar for families on Sunday, January 26th to discuss the legal and financial preparations that are crucial to safeguarding assets and benefits for children with special needs. Tom Addison, CFP, from the Center for Wealth Preservation, arranged for Andrew and Mitch to come to VCLC. Andrew and Mitch, both parents of children with disabilities, provided families with information about government benefits for individuals with disabilities, establishing guardianship, estate planning and more. Families found the seminar beneficial. Andrew and Mitch will repeat this seminar later Thank you NSASA for the iPads! in the spring.

Kylen Fitzpatrick to Run NYC 1/2 Marathon in Support of VCLC Support Kylen Fitzpatrick as she runs

in the NYC ½ Marathon on March 16, 2014 to raise money for VCLC. Kylen is the sister of an alumni student, Michael, who was enrolled at VCLC in the early 1990’s. You can show your support by making a donation to Variety Child Learning Center by check payable to Variety Child Learning Center or online at vclc.org or at http://www. crowdrise.com/kylenshalfmarathon/ fundraiser/kylenfitzpatrick

NSASA Board Member Dawn Tortora-Morici (R) presented iPads to Rebecca Esquilin Cortes (L) on January 12.


Donation from the Macri Family

Variety would like to express a

sincere thank you to the Macri Family for their donation of $2,000, which

was given in memory of Deanne Macri. The donation will help renovate one of VCLC’s speech therapy rooms.

VCLC TAs Take College Courses at VCLC

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Barbara Luna, Instructor from Cazenovia College; In the background, VCLC staff: (left to right) Gloria Arzu, Cynthia Marin, Karin Kienle

In foreground left to right: Judy Cannarozzi, Kim Gosling-Frudden, Diana Juravlea

CLC has arranged with Cazenovia University in Cazenovia, New York to provide college classes for the TAs (Teacher Assistants/Aides) at VCLC. The TAs will begin their second class this week. The Cazenovia classes help the TAs enhance their skills to work with young children with disabilities. Eighteen TAs completed the first course, Cooperative Discipline in November. VCLC reimburses the TAs for the class and their books after completing the class and receiving a passing grade.

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Brothers, Kevin and Jimmy, help Alice from the VCLC Board of Trustees with clerical tasks to complete the community service require-ments for the Junior National Honor Society.

and Kevin, spend two to three hours a month at VCLC doing community service to fulfill their Junior National Honor Society requirements. The boys are the sons of VCLC’s Board of Trustee member, Alice Rouse. They help with clerical tasks such as shredding, labelling and stuffing envelopes, and cutting out pictures and materials used by the children in the school. Thank you Kevin and Jimmy for all your help!

Woodbury have once again made a generous donation to our center. Throughout 2013, Geico’s staff operated a “snack bar” in their office and collected $15,000. Since 1997, almost $220,000 has been raised and donated to VCLC from their efforts. All funds directly benefit the families and children enrolled within our programs. The funds are used to assist families with transportation costs to attend parent meetings and parent education groups; clothing; furniture; rent; utilities; and food. Thank you to the Geico staff for their continued generosity and support!

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Middle School Students Do Community Service at VCLC

Geico Staff Donates 15K to Variety


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VCLC Newsletter Spring 2014  

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