Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Great Savings and Great Fundraising with Macy's!

Rockland County Association for Learning Disabilities, a member of the YAI Network, is organizing a fantastic and unique fundraising and money saving event! When you buy a $5 ticket, you are entitled to store-wide savings at any Macy's location all day on Sat., Oct. 17, 2009! See the flier at right for details. What a great way to get an early start on the 2010 Central Park Challenge.

This is another great example of fundraising throughout the community!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

A Lasting Impact

One of the nicest things about the Central Park Challenge is that it doesn’t end on the day of the event. Like so many of the YAI Network services the CPC supports, the impact of so many people coming together to provide hope and opportunity is much greater.

Take, for example, the story of James (at left), who has developmental delays and graduated two years ago from the YAI/New York League for Early Learning (NYL) William O’Connor School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. After receiving outstanding preschool services at the William O’Connor School, James moved on to kindergarten and did so well that this year he began first grade in an integrated special needs class in a local public school.

“We are so thankful for everything the teachers at William O’Connor did for James,” said his mother, Eileen. “They got him walking and talking, and really brought out his personality. They just let him grow.”

Since James graduated from NYL, Eileen has sent updates on his progress to the staff, and their family has remained part of the William O’Connor community.

When an opportunity recently arose at Eileen’s office to raise money for an organization of her choice, the proud mom didn’t have to think twice about it. Through an office “Jeans Day,” during which employees can wear jeans to work if they contribute a donation to a designated organization, she raised $521 for YAI’s 2010 Central Park Challenge.

“NYL gave James a really great start,” said Eileen. “The school has done so much for us and for so many other families that I wanted to use this opportunity to give something back.”

James with Mrs. Ramirez, his kindergarten teacher.

James enjoys a sunny day with Eileen, his mom.

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