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Resilient Teachers . . . Inspired Learners

While the COVID-19 pandemic brought many unexpected changes, the P.G. Chambers School mission and our commitment to the children and families depending on us remains the same.   Like so many organizations, our resources have been stretched as we quickly pivoted to the world of hybrid teaching and learning.

Just imagine for a moment, what it would be like to provide support to a student like Kyle in a virtual setting.  Kyle communicates using a device and switches, utilizes a wheelchair and needs daily therapy.  Now imagine a class of P.G. Chambers School students who all have complex needs and supports.  How do you make it work for all of them and inspire your students to keep learning?  How do you partner with parents in this new hybrid setting?  How do you fit individualized speech, occupational and physical therapies into the school day?  Now for some, this task might seem daunting but the P.G. Chambers School team has jumped right in.  Our team of educators and therapists brilliantly find the potential in every child and they are committed to doing what they do best, whether in-person or virtually.

 

Student Spotlight:

 

Meet Michela

Michela is a 13 year-old girl who could set the world on fire with her smile. She has a wonderful sense of humor, loves to learn new things, and is always on the go.  Just like any pre-teen, Michela finds a day at home quite boring.  She would much rather be dancing, shopping, dining out, visiting museums, apple picking, and playing games with her brother Jerry. Michela has a huge heart and she cares about others.  But moving and communicating are not things that come easily to Michela.  It would take a team of PGCS professionals including educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to work with Michela and her family to unlock her potential.

Grateful

Today, with the instruction and expert guidance of the PGCS staff and use of assistive technology, orthotics, and hand splinting, Michela is now able to:

  • Communicate using her switches and NOVA chat device and regularly Skype with friends and family using her iPad
  • Move around using her power chair and walker
  • Control her body so she can embrace learning at every turn
  • Enjoy dance, music, gym and art (she loves using her switch scissors!)
  • Eat everything, with the exception of peas, because she does not like them
  • Demand what she wants in a good way
  • Play games and experience the world around her
  • Be a good friend
  • Explore her endless curiosity and try anything.

Lessons Learned

“Michela has taught us to never give up, be patient, kind and loving, and to always reach for the stars,” shared Michela’s parents, Jerry and Sabina. Recently, Michela partnered with her brother in a dance recital.  There was not a dry eye in the house and Michela was delighted to join her brother on this special performance.  Moments like these are what possibilities are all about!

Our Wish

We hope Michela and the many students who will follow in her footsteps will embrace their endless possibilities, never lose their sense of wonder and when given a chance will always choose to dance.  Thank you for joining with us in making moments like these possible for every student at PGCS.  Your gift helps unlock the magic!

 

We remain steadfast in our commitment to serve our children and families in the face of the financial and physical challenges of the pandemic. Unexpected investments in technology, and the slowing of the referral process for new students have all impacted our bottom line.  Our fund raising events continue to be impacted as we abide by social distancing rules and ensure the safety of our community.

Every gift matters, every gift counts.  We are stronger together and we are so grateful for your continued partnership.

The new CARES Act includes provisions to encourage donations to schools like ours.  A $300 tax deduction is available even if you do not itemize.  Please consider PGCS students if you are able to continue your charitable giving at this time.

 

Make a Gift to the 2020-2021 Annual Campaign

We depend on the generosity of our community to sustain and advance our mission.  Your donation today ensures that P.G. Chambers School will continue to be a leader in the education and development of children with disabilities.  Your investment will help over 900 children with complex disabilities increase their confidence, engage in their community, and expand their capacity to lead full, productive lives.

Corporate matching gifts can increase the impact of your gift.  Check with your employer to see if they offer this valuable benefit.

To make a recurring gift use the box below.  Donation amount listed will be charged monthly.  You can stop payments by emailing ackena@chambersschool.org

 

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On request, PGCS Form 990, and related information is available for public inspection at PGCS in Cedar Knolls, NJ. Copies of this information will be provided at cost within five days of the request by calling 973-829-8484.

P.G. Chambers School is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code. Tax ID# 22-1551480. Information concerning charitable solicitations may be obtained from the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey by calling 609-292-4925. Registration with the Attorney General does not imply endorsement.

 

 


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