The Preschool at The Slomin Family Center had a true, real-life fire safety lesson this October. With the special visit from “Fire Fighter, Bob”, our students were able to see, touch, and wear fire fighter equipment after reading a book on fire safety with “Fire Fighter, Bob”. He spent time showing our students how to “stop, drop, and roll” and explained the importance of fire safety and being prepared. Following his presentation, a fire truck with fire fighters from Boca Raton’s Fire House 45 came to take the students on a tour of the truck, explaining all the tools on the truck and their uses.
Before leaving, our students were able to assist the fire fighters in spraying the fire hose and then hearing the siren as we waved goodbye to them. This visit assisted out students in understanding the importance of our monthly fire drills and fire safety at home, too.
The Preschool at The Slomin Family Center enjoyed lots of fun-filled winter festivities during the annual “Snow Day” on Dec. 18, 2015. The students donned their warm hats, coats, mittens and even boots to play in the frosty snow while sledding down “Mt. Slomin” with family and friends. Our students built snowmen, made snowballs, and enjoyed hot chocolate and yummy cookies. The parents and families were entertained by our students’ winter holiday show prior to hitting the slopes!! A great way to celebrate the arrival of winter in Florida!!
Our preschool class Halloween celebration was even more exciting with the visit from Ms. Audrey Dickman and Ms. Brooke Dipietro from Tiffany’s and Company in Boca Raton. Our visitors came to tour our campus and spend some time with our preschool students. Each child received a special “holiday” bag during the visit. A big “thank you” to our friends at Tiffany’s and Company for our special “treat” on such a “tricky” day!!
The Preschool at The Slomin Family Center had a fun-filled Halloween!! During Halloween week, the students visited our own “Slomin Pumpkin Patch” where they chose their individual pumpkin to decorate. Our students participated in a “trick or treat” day with various activities to add to our “spooky” fun, topped off by a special snack and visit from Tiffany’s and Company.
On November 27th we attended the 10th annual Thanksgiving Football Extravaganza. This event was hosted by Jordan Brown, Josh Romero, and Josh Lukes, The proceeds benefited The Slomin Family Center For Autism and Related Disabilities, Inc. We would like to thank to the Brown family and the Romero family along with other volunteers.
The Slomin Family Center was honored with a visit from Dr. Marc Tasse, director of the NisongerCenter, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at The Ohio State University. The Nisonger Center provides assistance to people with disabilities, families, service providers, and organizations to promote inclusion in education, health, employment, and community settings.
As he toured our facility, Dr. Tasse commented that our “classroom, programming and surrounding environment are perfectly suited to provide an optimal learning environment for young students with ASD and related developmental disabilities.” He gave us insights that will help us develop our strategy for the future, and he expressed a desire to visit us again.
For the second year in a row, The Slomin Family Center was nominated to participate in the Wells Fargo Community Connection Grant Program. On May 6, 2014, the Community Connection Breakfast and grant presentation was held at the NationalCroquetCenter in West Palm Beach. The event was hosted by Oliver Ariztov, president of the Greater West Palm Beach area.
In his opening remarks, Ariztov expressed Wells Fargo’s belief that grant-making decisions are most effective when they are made locally. Wells Fargo is committed to supporting and collaborating with organizations that provide programs and services for individuals and families in their communities. The Slomin Family Center is proud to be a member of the Community Partner Program and so thankful for our second grant from Wells Fargo.
Over the past year The Slomin Family Center has received a great deal of support from The Polo Club of Boca Raton. This year, the Polo Club’s annual street fair enabled us to fund scholarships at our center. These scholarships help pay tuition, which provide educational, recreational, and support services to families touched by autism. In April, Sandy Slomin, our founder and CEO, was the guest speaker at their annual Community Relations Volunteer Luncheon. On behalf of the family center, Sandy presented a plaque of appreciation to the Polo Club’s Brett Morris, GM/COO.
During the first 3 weeks of elementary camp, campers composed a variety of art work pieces to be showcased at our very first art exhibit. The campers mimicked various design of famous artists from Michelangelo, Van Gogh and many more. The talent and detail exhibited during this event was beyond words. We are so proud of our elementary art campers for doing an amazing job!
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