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2010 LABBB Collaborative Special Olympics

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Dear Parents and Students:

The LABBB Collaborative Program in conjunction with the Lexington High School is planning the 6th annual Special Olympics, Lexington School Day Games.

The date has been set for May 19, 2010, with a rain date of May 20th. The games will run from 9:00AM, starting with the Opening Ceremonies, to 2:30PM.

The students and staff from Arlington, Lexington, Bedford & Belmont High Schools, John Glenn, Chenery & Ottoson Middle Schools & Career Direction Programs will be joining together for this Special Olympics event at Lexington High School. LHS students from the Best Buddies Program and National Honor Society, the Bedford High Best Buddies program, the Chenery Best Buddies program and the John Glenn PALS program, will be directly involved with the athletes. We also have personnel from the Special Olympics and Best Buddies that will be involved the day of the event. There will be no fee to the LABBB students to participate. If you would like to make a donation or your company would like to make a donation to this event that would be greatly appreciated. (check payable to LABBB) The LABBB athletes will be receiving a tee-shirt for participating, be paired with a student buddy for the day and receive lunch.

The A.P.E. staff would like to see as many of the LABBB students involved as possible. The A.P.E. classes will start to train the students in mid April and A.P.E. staff will be involved at the start and finish lines the day of the Olympics. This event will be during the school day, parents do not have to attend (they are welcome though to come cheer on their athlete).

Students will be able to choose up to do three events to participate in. Below is the list of the events. Please sit with your student and try to come up with at least one event they would like to do (1 field & 2 running would be great). If you don’t know which event they would be best at the A.P.E. staff will be glad to assist with the choice. Please feel free to e-mail aperec@juno.com with any questions.

Field Events: Standing Long Jump and Softball Throw and Turbo Jav

Running/walking Events: 50M Dash, 100M Dash, 200M Dash

25M Walk, 50M Walk, 100M Walk, 400M Walk 400M Run

Attached you will find a sign up sheet with information that needs to be filled in. Obviously some of the information we already know but it will make things easier for our registration process if it is all in one place.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

Paula Rizzo

LABBB Intergration/Rec. Coord.

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Education and the Future of Technology

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Miracle League of Massachusetts

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I am writing to introduce the Miracle League of Massachusetts to you. We are a non-profit, all volunteer organization that provides all children with the opportunity to play baseball in an organized non-competitive league at no cost to their families.  Our players are children aged 5 to 18 with a disability that keeps them from playing in a mainstream league.  We don’t turn away any children.  Miracle League team members are assigned buddies, primarily mainstream peers who have volunteered to assist them in hitting the ball, running the bases, and fielding, to whatever extent necessary.  During every game, each child is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run.   We also have an announcer who introduces each child and gets the crowd into the game.

This spring will be our 5th season and we are looking to expand our enrollment from the 50 players we had last season. We think the best way to do this is to let parents know that we encourage all types of players.  I would imagine that some parents hear a baseball program for children with special needs and think “that’s not for my child, he doesn’t have a physical disability” or “that’s not for my child, she can’t hit a baseball”.  But we want everyone to know that our players have a wide range of abilities; some just need a little help paying attention to the game, while others have significant physical and/or cognitive delays that require them to have help with all aspects of the game.  We encourage you to visit our website at http://www.miracleleagueofma.com to see pictures and video from previous seasons to see the joy that our players get from playing baseball.

Games are played at Blanchard Elementary School in Boxborough, MA for 6 Saturday mornings beginning on May 1, 2010.  Our deadline to register is April 1st.  We also have a fall season.   Although the games are played in Boxborough, we have players from 29 towns around Massachusetts.  Some dedicated players drive for an hour each way to get to the games.

Lauren Richardt

Secretary, Miracle League of Massachusetts

LABBB EC Integrated Program says, Time to make the Donuts!

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Our integrated PDD program in Burlington had the opportunity to make some Donuts at a local Dunkin Donuts.  Below are some pictures of them in action.

Governor Deval Patrick visits LABBB Collaborative

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On Monday, January 5, Governor Deval Patrick visited the LABBB BIP Program at Arlington High School.  Below is a picture of the Governor with two LABBB students.

Wellington BIP at the New England Aquarium

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On December 11, 2009, BIP Wellington (room 8 ), went to the New England Aquarium.  The children had such a nice time looking at all the different types of fish.  Some of the children touched the hermit crab, starfish and the big horseshoe fish.  Our favorite part was walking around the huge ocean like habitat.  Myrtle, the green Turtle, was enormous and boy was that shark scary looking.

LABBB BIP Football Exhibition

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On Friday, November 13, LABBB students from our BIP Programs at Arlington High, Ottoson Middle School and Wellington Elementary School in Belmont, participated in an exhibition football drills practice with the Arlington High School Football team.  This is an annual event that the students really look forward to.  Erica Wong, Arlington High school President of the BIP volunteer club, organized this event.