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JASON’S REMARKABLE STORY 

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Many tears of joy were shed when Jason walked proudly down the hall all by himself.

Meet Jason

A mother’s love has no bounds.  For Milagro, nothing could stop her from helping her son. Jason was born with a seizure disorder that affected his speech, vision, mobility, and cognition. Milagro searched years to find help for Jason but was told by medical professionals that there was nothing they could do to help him…

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A mother’s love has no bounds.  For Milagro, nothing could stop her from helping her son. Jason was born with a seizure disorder that affected his speech, vision, mobility, and cognition. Milagro searched years to find help for Jason but was told by medical professionals that there was nothing they could do to help him.  Milagro took matters into her own hands and made the bold decision to move to the U.S and stay with a family friend in Morristown.  In April 2020, as she describes it, “my prayers were answered.” At age 6, Jason was enrolled at P.G. Chambers School.

Due to the pandemic, all P.G. Chambers School students were attending school virtually. Milagro was a single parent in a new country and did not speak English. Jason was non-verbal.  During the first few days, Jason attended class using Milagro’s cell phone. The School then provided a laptop and an interpreter during every class and therapy session. Our team got creative, utilizing items at home, and sending toys and books home to help.  They started with sign language, using music and books to practice.  Basic vocabulary words, written in both English and Spanish with pictures, helped move communication forward for both Jason and Mom.  Therapists shared, “Milagro always showed up with a smile on her face and never missed a session. Her willingness to engage and do everything for her son despite the challenges before her was inspiring.”

Jason began his in-person journey at P.G. Chambers School in the summer of 2020.  Everything was new to Jason. He was not used to sitting and/or attending.  He thought the smartboard in the classroom was unbelievable and he spent the first few months just taking it all in.  Jason spent much of his time in a sitting position, and he could barely pull himself up to stand but it was evident early on that he wanted to move and learn.  Jason was fitted for his first orthotics through the School’s  clinic and he began to use a gait trainer.  “He was like a bull in a china shop; he loved to crash into walls with his gait trainer,” shared his PT, Holli.   He progressed to using a gait belt to help him feel secure as he took independent steps.  While he tired easily, he kept trying.  Then one day, many tears of joy were shed when Jason walked proudly down the hall all by himself.

Today, Jason continues to take independent steps around the building, and he loves to see his PT because he knows it is time to move.  He enjoys taking part in volleyball in PE class and loves to go to the park. He is a big fan of morning meetings and claps his hands during the “If  You’re Happy And You Know It” song.  Jason was so excited about our new pet therapy program he vocalized one of his first words, “doggie,” when a special furry friend came to visit.

Jason has some cognitive challenges, and he continues to work on his endurance and basic play skills.  He uses sign language in combination with his iPad to communicate. He loves using a switch to activate songs on the computer and he embraces structure and rules.  That said, if he had his choice, he’d rather be outside than sitting in a classroom.  Early on he liked to just go with the flow, but as he matures he is more confident in sharing his preferences.  As Mom says, “he loves to go to the park and makes it clear when he does not want to leave.”

Jason is a very social, lovable, and hardworking second grader who will try anything.  He brings joy to all who meet him, and we are confident he will continue to surprise us with what he can do.  Together, we are just scratching the surface of his potential.  He knows we are on his team, and we are so glad we found each other.

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At P.G. Chambers, your family is our family.

“The team at P.G. Chambers School has helped Jason accomplish things I never thought possible.  Jason has made me stronger as a mom and I am incredibly grateful for the wonderful teachers and therapists who have helped Jason blossom.”  – Milagro

Inspired Learners...Thanks to You!

Funding Opportunities

Your gift of:

$5,000 funds an adaptive transport stroller.

$3,000 funds Eye Gaze software which allows a student to
control their communication device using their eyes.

$1,000 funds a child’s gait trainer/walker.

$500 funds a child’s iPad including software.

$250 funds a child’s participation in two early
intervention therapy sessions.

$100 funds a child’s assistive communication switch.

Your gift of any amount helps students, like Jason, reach their unique potential.

Donor Testimonials

“I have been supporting P.G. Chambers School for over 20 years because it is a truly special place.  Children with special needs are given a chance to embrace their potential and families are supported with open arms.  I hope you will join me in helping P.G. Chambers School continue their life changing work.” – Susan Kloss, P.G. Chambers School Community Friend

“I have had the privilege of working with children and families for almost 50 years and it is a pleasure to be a part of improving the lives of children and families with special needs. As the school’s receptionist for the past 10 years, I am the lucky one because I get to see our children thrive every day! Parents are happy, kids are happy and that is why I support this special place ” -Nancy Sniffen, P.G. Chambers School Employee

“Giving is not just about making a donation, its about making a difference.  At P.G. Chambers School, the teachers and staff are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our students every minute of the school day, and seeing the smile of comprehension dawn on a child’s face when they learn something new. . . it’s pretty damn amazing. As a parent of three, I know how much of a difference having a great teacher makes!”  -Ronita Mathias, P.G. Chambers School Trustee

“I support PG Chambers School because everyone involved in guiding these children with special needs inspires me on a daily basis. They are patient, kind and awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Dedication to teaching in this regard should be celebrated and recognized!” – TJ Hull, P.G. Chambers School Community Friend

 

Make A Gift Today to Support Jason and His Friends

Gifts can be made using a credit card, stock, IRA or your donor advised fund and matching gifts can enhance the value of your donation.  You can also join us as a monthly donor by simply clicking below when you make your gift.

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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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