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2 Our Mission: To raise funds to provide the highest quality educational, social and recreational community experiences so students with special needs can reach their full potential.

3 Reality: Our special education population is on the rise. Tremendous national attention, but much of spotlight is on researching the cause Town, state and federal budgets do not have sufficient resources to provide necessary services and skills to these children now C.O.R.S.E. model can be adapted to communities throughout the nation as a model of how parents, educators & community members can collaborate to better serve this population

4 C.O.R.S.E. allocates funds for a wide range of supplemental resources that benefit children, parents and educators: –After-school integrated academic support programs –After-school integrated social skills development programs –Year-round All Stars sports programs –Two week socially-based summer camp –Specialty camps such as Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp and Maritime Adventures through AccesSports –Supplemental student services such as music and art therapies, peer mentor programs, pre-vocational supports –Professional development programs for educators/staff –Educational programs for parents –Technology supports –Community events for families

5 FACT: The special needs population requires costly, more intensive services; it is the responsibility of parents and schools to find ways to provide these services. Through innovative collaboration with Scituate Public Schools, Scituate Recreation and other community organizations, we are able to: Fundraise for needed supplemental resources Develop customized programs to best meet student needs Offer programs that are more affordable than costly private

6 Our innovative programming and resources: Help integrate children with special needs and their families into their community Strengthen student, parent and educator skills Build student confidence and engagement in social, academic and recreational areas This programming can have a profound impact on those whose needs are greatest

7 Volunteer board and membership Parents of children with special needs Parents with only typically developing children Staff from Scituate Public Schools & Scituate Recreation Department Community members interested in supporting our efforts Recognition Massachusetts Community Partnership Award from the Federation for Children with Special Needs (2008) Co-Founders named Citizens of the Year in Scituate for their work in the community (2009)

8 C.O.R.S.E. serves children with special needs, ages 3-21 Current statistics (February 2006-February 2010) Membership: 700+ Programming/Resources Provided: $215,903 Budgeted Funding for 2010: $87,524 Participating Faculty/Staff: 126 Programs: 88 Student Registrations: 1,130

9 Kingston Hanson Abington Weymouth Cohasset Hingham Scituate Norwell Duxbury Marshfield Braintree Students come from communities throughout the South Shore, Framingham, Easton, Cape Cod and as far away as New Hampshire, North Carolina and Minnesota Hull East Bridgewater Hanover Pembroke Milton

10 Social Skills Development Programs: Provide opportunities for children to learn lifelong social skills in communication, cooperation, self-control and self-confidence Circle of Friends Seaside Explorers Computer/Scientific Explorers Gates Food Café Music and Movement Real Life Skills Social Skills Coordinator Peer Mentoring

11 Academic Support Programs: Provide grade level appropriate skill development in math, reading, writing and study skills Math Investigators Reading and Writing Study Skills Study Skills Coordinator

12 Recreation Programs: Teach children how to access their own creativity, develop physical skills, and play in a constructive and appropriate manner, which increases self-esteem and self confidence. All Stars Sports Programs (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Running and Yoga) All Stars Summer Camp Therapeutic Horseback Riding Funtastics Gymnastics Classes Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp This Summer: Maritime Adventures through Access Sports

13 Hunter starts talking about camp in March - how he is going to go to Scituate in August. He has found his niche there for the summer, and he knows who the kids are and the instructors. For the 30 minute ride home, he does not stop talking about what he did at camp. I dont know what I would do if he wouldnt be able to attend there for two weeks in August. He would be one miserable kid! --Hunters Mom

14 Zach never wants to leave home. However, every day he asked, Can I go to Seaside Explorers? This is huge for him. He is now willing to try other programs and camps. I have this program to thank. --Zachs Dad

15 Not only can 30 children now ride a two-wheeler who could not a week before, their self-confidence in themselves visibly beamed during that week. They can now engage in a typical childrens activity that is so important to childhood socialization and development. Parents watched from the sidelines with tears in their eyes and immense smiles on their faces, demonstrating the overwhelming pride and joy they felt for their kids. --Parent

16 The CORSE program has given me great hope and raised my level of expectation as to what programming like this can do for our kids when done right. --Parent

17 For more information: Visit our website: Contact us: President: Tracy Johnston, 781-545-7736


19 Your generous donation to the C.O.R.S.E. Foundation will make a profound difference in the lives of children, parents and teachers. Thank you!

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