Autism Awareness Month Events 2017

Daily exercise is important for all children – but it’s especially critical for children and youth with autism. That’s why students at The Birchtree Center’s school in Newington will once again participate in “Active and Aware: A Fitness Challenge for Autism Awareness Month” this April. The nonprofit’s special educational day school serves students with autism from 22 public school districts in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
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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!.

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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Artist in Residence Randy Armstrong

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

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