April 29, 2010

Volunteers Help Launch Broadreach Family & Children’s Services Community Gifts Campaign

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 2:31 pm

Contact: Deb Schilder (338-2200 Ext 112  dschilder@brmaine.org )
Date: April 15, 2010
For: Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Lincolnville, Unity

Volunteers from Waldo, Knox and parts of Lincoln Counties have joined together to help raise $50,000 in a campaign to assist Broadreach Family & Community Services with its efforts to meet an increasing demand for social and educational services.  Funds raised in the campaign will be used to support important early childhood and adolescent programs, and to continue critical services for families and individuals that have financial or health challenges.  This campaign, which began in March 2010, will continue through June 2010. 

Broadreach provides quality early childhood education and care for area residents, maintains services for children with special needs, operates programs to prevent child abuse and neglect, conducts after-school programs that connect teens to their communities and provides tutoring programs for adults with low-literacy levels. The organization depends on charitable contributions from community members, local businesses and foundations to maintain the services, and to ensure that the basic needs of community residents are met and critical educational support is available to all citizens. 

“This year with the economy, job reductions and other life challenges, many people who may not have ever needed services before now are asking for assistance,” said Ruth Southworth, Executive Director of Broadreach. “We are grateful for the contributions that we receive and hope that the people in our communities will respond with their kind support to this campaign.  We are delighted and thankful for the volunteers who are assisting us with this important endeavor.”

Broadreach is a nonprofit organization serving more than 2,500 residents each year. In recent years, Broadreach has ensured the delivery of critical community services by merging with three well-respected nonprofit organizations, Mid-Coast Children’s Services, Youthlinks and Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County. With these mergers, Broadreach has been able to offer services to the growing number of clients. 

Broadreach Community Gifts Campaign members include:  Christine Boone, Mary Frenning, Ann Hubbard, Helen Kosmo, Ken McKinley, Scott Story, Gerritt Vander Veer, Mike Towey and Polly Chatfield.

For more information about how you can support the Broadreach campaign, please call Deborah Schilder at 338-2200 Ext. 112 or email dschilder@BRMaineorg. Also, please visit www.BRMaine.org/giving for further information. Donations may be mailed to Broadreach Family & Community Services, #5 Stephenson Lane  Belfast, Maine 04915.

Broadreach’ Keniston named 2009-10 Regular Education Teacher of the Year

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 11:10 am

Press release from MADSEC

The Maine Association of Services for Children with Disabilities( MADSEC) gives awards  each year to outstanding individuals in several areas of education:  parent/advocate, special education teacher, paraprofessional. director of special services, regular education teacher and therapist.   

            The recipient of MADSEC’s’ regular education teacher of the year for 2009-2010 is Karen Keniston of Searsport.  Karen is a preschool teacher who works in the RSU20 four year old program at Searsport Elementary School and in the early childhood Inclusive Program which is run by Broadreach Community and Family Services and hosted at Searsport Elementary School.  Karen has been in preschool education since 1993.  She holds a B.S. in elementary education and has had hundreds of hours of training in early literacy and child development.  Karen is a strong teacher leader with immense expertise in preschool education ,and more specifically, in including children with disabilities with their typically developing peers.  Karen has extensive training with the Early reading First, High Scope, OWLS programs and provides early literacy instruction to all her students.  Karen is gifted at being able to individualize and demonstrates that each child, no matter how challenged, can be included in the classroom community.  Karen collaborates well with the variety of consultants and therapists who move in and out of her classroom supporting her inclusion efforts. She supervises several paraprofessionals and provides them wit superb leadership which fosters a high quality tapestry of  instruction and interventions which few preschool program can emulate.  Karen is described by one of her student’s parent as flexible, adaptive, compassionate, communicative.  This parent marvels at her ability to create and modify lessons that allow her child to access the general curriculum.  Karen sets the bar for her colleagues at both  the preschool and elementary level to strive for in making their classrooms accessible and accommodating for all children.  In Karen’s classroom all children can and do learn and have abilities not disabilities!

Belfast Lions Club Brunch to benefit playground

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:48 am

by Mary Bailey

I want to bring to your attention a wonderful event  that is happening this coming Sunday. May 2nd The Belfast Lions Club is hosting their Annual Spring Brunch and the proceeds will be helping us bring life, wood chips and large toys, back to our ECIP playground! We are very excited and quite honored, to be the recipient of this event. So please share this wonderful delicious event  with other family members, friends and neighbors. The Lions Club is seeking food donation items to help offset the cost of putting on this event. If you would like to help and support in this manner. please call Julie Horton at Mill Lane 338-0029.

Belfast Lions Club Brunch
Sunday May 2, 2010  8:00 am to 11:00 am  at the Waldo County Shrine Club, Belfast, Maine
You won’t go away hungry! Adults $8.00  Children 12 and under $3.00