Tickets are on sale now for Birchtree’s Benefit for Learning Auction on Saturday, November 5, at the Regatta Room at the Shipyard Brewery in Eliot, Maine. Join us for live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Birchtree Center’s educational and therapeutic programs for children and youth with autism and their families.
Birchtree’s students enjoyed several field trips to Great Island Common this summer. The sun shone, the water sparkled, and we even saw a rainbow! Thank you to Ken Phillips Photography for providing these beautiful photos, to the Town of New Castle for welcoming us to the park, to Altrusa International’s Seacoast Chapter for their generous grant in support of summertime field trips, and to the families and staff who made the trip possible.
Birchtree’s students started summer with a splash during field trips to Water Country. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to work on their water-safety skills in a fun new setting. The Water Country staff went above and beyond to welcome our students with autism to their park, and we sincerely appreciate their kind hospitality. Thank you also to Altrusa International’s Seacoast Chapter for their generous grant in support of summertime activities for Birchtree’s students! Continue reading
Birchtree’s students took a fantastic journey to Neverland during their school prom on June 10th. Students enjoyed posing for portraits, processing in a Grand Promenade, dancing in the school gym, singing karaoke, having their faces painted, and exploring sensory bins. We also crowned a Prom King and Queen who had been elected by their classmates. Students chose a Peter Pan theme this year and created cakes and decor for the occasion.
Birchtree’s students with autism enjoyed hosting musician Randy Armstrong as an Artist in Residence this May. Randy gave our students hands-on lessons in world music and percussion, taught our staff how to incorporate music-based instruction throughout the school day, and led our students in performing for their families during our spring Open House. The music lessons allowed many Birchtree students to develop their rhythm and motor skills and to focus their energy and attention. Continue reading