Practice Thanksgiving 2016


On November 23, students and staff gathered for a Practice Thanksgiving feast. Students and staff worked together that morning to cook the food and craft the decorations. Before the meal, three students presented a speech on “What We Are Thankful For.” Then we all sat down to enjoy the meal. It was a delicious opportunity for our students to reacquaint themselves with Thanksgiving foods and customs and to prepare for holiday celebrations with their families. Thanks to all the generous donors who made the feast possible! Continue reading

2016 Benefit for Learning


On November 5th, more than 200 guests gathered to enjoy live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, appetizers, and desserts during Birchtree’s fifth-annual Benefit for Learning Auction at the Regatta Room in Eliot, Maine. The event brought in over $36,000 in support of The Birchtree Center’s autism programs. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Birchtree’s best auction ever!

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New Castle Field Trips


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.

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Water Country Field Trips


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 Prom 2016


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.

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