37 volunteers from Timberland and their Licensees came to The Birchtree Center last week for an afternoon of volunteer work. These hard-working volunteers labeled books for the school library, hosted an obstacle course in the school gym, added a fun activity path and music wall to our the outdoor play area, painted the staff lunch room, sanitized school equipment, cleaned vehicles, updated a staff photo display…
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STAR WARS: The Birchtree School Prom, Episode 5

Birchtree’s fifth-annual School Prom on June 2 was a day to remember! The students chose a Star Wars theme and worked with staff to craft decorations and bake refreshments. Students and staff wore festive attire and enjoyed dancing in the school gym, posing for photographs, and trying a variety of Star Wars sensory activities and craft projects. At the end of the afternoon, families gathered to watch their students walk in a Grand Promenade, followed by the coronation of our 2017 Prom King and Queen.  Continue reading

2017 Artist in Residence & Spring Open House

The Birchtree Center was delighted to host musician Randy Armstrong as our Artist in Residence this winter and spring. During monthly visits to Birchtree, Randy offered hands-lessons in world music and percussion to small groups of students. Students learned drumming patterns from Liberia, Ghana, and other countries and got the opportunity to play and hear instruments from across five continents. On May 11, Randy led students and staff in a drumming performance at our Spring Open House.  Continue reading

2017 Fitness Challenge

Birchtree’s students, families, staff, board, and friends commemorated Autism Awareness Month this April with Active & Aware: A Fitness Challenge for Autism Awareness Month. All participants set a personal health or fitness goal to pursue that month. Some walked, some ran, some biked, some did yoga or meditation, some played basketball, some lifted weights, and some ate their vegetables! Students and staff also enjoyed trying a variety fitness activities at school and in the community. Continue reading

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