Torrington Public Schools receive $15,000 Draper Foundation Fund grant

The Torrington Public Schools in partnership with Wellspring and The Arch Bridge School received a $15,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund administered through the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut to help provide much needed behavioral health supports for students in preschool and kindergarten classes in the Torrington School District.

Last year, approximately 120 children were referred to Special Education Services and only 60 were eligible. Many children who did not qualify, may have benefited from behavioral health supports outlined in this outreach.

The planning team will collaboratively select the teachers/classrooms that will participate in the initial Special Education Enhancement and Development Services (SEEDS) program projected to rollout in April, 2014. The Wellspring SEEDS program staff have effectively partnered with seven Connecticut school districts. The goal is to provide training and support to school staff and administration to allow them to meet the needs of students with serious emotional disturbances, while supporting their families in the educational process. Goals of the grant include: Preschools and Kindergarten classroom staff will be provided with recommendations for behavioral health services and customized strategic planning functions; Develop comprehensive curricula for management of behavior and special education classroom support; and Preschool and Special Education teachers will be trained in enhanced classroom techniques, utilizing a high-structured, high-nurturing approach.

The Torrington Public Schools (TPS) serve 4,500 students in pre-k-12 regardless of their educational needs, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. As a public school system, TPS must provide for all children living in the city of Torrington a quality education program based upon mandates of the state of Connecticut, at no cost to the students or their families. TPS includes a comprehensive high school with a blended learning environment including opportunity to earn credits on line, early college credit, and participate in activities and clubs that allow students to solve “real problems” and work with practicing professionals. Interscholastic sports, drama and music programs are also offered. The middle school focuses on developing the student as independent learner, as well as their leadership skills as they progress through the pre-adolescent stage of growth and development. The five elementary schools collaborate to provide continuity in educational program and services for all children from grades prek-5.

Representative Miner Visits Wellspring

Rep. Miner touts Wellspring & Arch Bridge School during visit

 

BETHLEHEM – State Rep. Craig Miner (R-66) on Friday toured the Wellspring & Arch Bridge School, a private and New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredited school servicing individuals with psychological, emotional and educational issues, calling it a pristine treatment center that assists people from all walks of life – and a cornerstone to the Bethlehem community.

 

Rep. Miner joined Wellspring administrators to expound on its services, touting what the educational center means to both his 66th district of Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury, and throughout northwest Connecticut.

 

“What Wellspring is doing right in our own backyard is critical to the overall well-being of the psychological, emotional and educational communities,” Rep. Miner said. “There’s a reason why this private organization has been so successful. They build relationships with their clients and students – and their parents and guardians — and truly promote healing. As Wellspring looks to the future of its programs, I can only hope the surrounding community understands how important it is to fully restoring individual’s health.”

 

Wellspring’s 190 employees have helped 88 clients, students and families from Rep. Miner’s assembly district and boasts a whopping 80 percent of grade-school students that go on to succeed in higher education institutions. Its outpatient facilities in Middlebury and Bethlehem currently service approximately 300 active cases. Wellspring also offers consulting services to nine local school districts through a new program, Special Education Enhancement and Development Series (SEEDS) grants, allowing Wellspring staff to work with local school teachers and administrators in strengthening their communication skills and classroom management approaches.

 

Clients are referred from schools, parents, insurance companies and educational consultants to Wellspring for its services and its relationship building.

 

It is currently looking to upgrade its elementary school from a decade-old trailer-like facility into a new, $1 million building – along with building a gymnasium so they no longer have to transport students long distances. But the project isn’t coming easily, although Wellspring deserves it, Rep. Miner said.

 

“Wellspring is growing, expanding. And I wish them the best in their future endeavors as they look to add to their already sterling campus and reputation,” Rep. Miner said.

 

For more information on Wellspring & Arch Bridge School, along with its services and donation needs, please visit www.wellspring.org.

 

2013-2014 School Year – Stop and Shop A+ Rewards

The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring is participating in the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program. Through March 20, 2014, we can earn CASH through this exciting program each time our parents and friends shop at any Stop & Shop store.

You can help!

Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus and choose “Designate Your School” from the A+ menu found under “Our Stores” to register your card online. Then, each time you shop at any Stop & Shop using your STOP & SHOP Card, you will earn cash for our school! You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at www.stopandshop.com.  Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website.  Wellspring will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs!

The money we earned last year helped us purchase many supplies for our classrooms!

Taking just a minute of your time to register can make a huge difference to our school. We need your support! Please be sure to register Arch Bridge School using ID # 05773  at www.stopandshop.com/aplus. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. It could mean the world to our school!

 

Effective Techniques and Strategies for Parents – In the face of the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Practical strategies and techniques to help you and your children to process the trauma more effectively.

Sponsored by EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs you are invited to join together with mental health professionals (who are also Moms) at this workshop. 

Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 pm
Christ the King Church, entrance is in the back
4700 Madison Avenue, Trumbull, CT

This is workshop is FREE, and open to the public. Please, no children.

  • How to talk with your child about traumatic events
  • How trauma affects our bodies
  • How we can help the natural process of healing

Handouts, Resources and Refreshments will be available

Valerie Gillies is a Licensed Family Therapist and EMDR clinician. Her practice is solely focused on children who have attachment and trauma challenges. She takes a holistic, systemic approach, and involves parents, school, sensory processing, play, exercise and nutrition in treatment. She is the mother of 5 children, aged 14-28, and writes for the syndicated blog: Mothering In the Middle.

Dawn Roy, Linda Rost, Karen Alter-Reid, Cheryl Kenn and Susan Marcus are among the other licensed trauma specialists who will be on hand for this presentation, and will be available to engage in discussion with parents.

If you have any questions please contact the EMDR HAP office at (203) 288-4450.

Sponsored by EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP) 2911 Dixwell Ave Suite 201 Hamden, CT 06518 www.emdrhap.org

HAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to build the capacity of underserved communities to meet their needs for effective trauma therapy throughout the world. HAP has been a part of healing communities in all 50 states and 33 countries around the world. We remain committed to families and communities through support and education of the effects of trauma and how it can be dealt with successfully.

 

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