Latest Event Updates

New LABBB Photography Website

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Thanks to Matt Trakimas, who is currently attending Wake Forest University, has built a new website for the LABBB Photography Club run by Theresa LeBlanc and Betsy Kidder.

Matt is completing his  college internship with LABBB and is helping to create a structured business plan for the LABBB Photography Club.  We are excited to have him on board and appreciate his hard work.

Look at the new website here:


Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

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The Asperger Connection: LABBB Middle School to High School

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Meeting the needs of students with Aspergers and providing programming in the least restrictive environment, was LABBB’s vision that started fifteen years ago.  The outcome today is a relationship with Belmont High School which strengthens and allows this vision to grow. Our Belmont High School program educates over twenty-five students, all which benefit from this healthy relationship within the Belmont community.  Integration and mainstreaming are key components for our students and strong support of all Belmont High School Teachers and Administrators have given our students the opportunities for full access for inclusion.

The outcomes for many of the students will be continuing education, and to meet these needs, LABBB has had the expertise and professional development to stay current with new data and best practices.  Our support related services include: Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Social work and Career counseling.

Our Team recognizes the challenges of life beyond high school and social pragmatic development is taught in a natural environment both in the Belmont and Belmont High School community. Opportunities for Career exploration and real work in the business workplace are also offered by our program and coordinated by our job developers.

The Connection

When our Belmont program was building success and growing; our vision expanded and we wanted to develop a  Middle School program that would offer students to continue their education in High School without a significant change in our methodology.  If it was successful in High School, we could create this same model in a middle school.  Six years ago, we built a program in Bedford at the John Glenn Middle School.  With the same Teacher and Administrative support this program has now developed to provide quality programming for students with Asperger’s.  The Bedford community provided the same support and inclusion opportunities as our Belmont High Program; therefore, program development was seamless with a model already shaped since 1996.

Most of our students who graduate from our John Glenn Middle School Program move on to our LABBB Belmont High Program.  The connection among LABBB’s Coordinators, Teachers, and Support related services has created an expertise that is cutting edge.  In fact, many Specialists and Teachers have worked in both programs and have developed consistency of our continuum of services.

If you have any questions about LABBB John Glenn Middle School, or Belmont High School contact: Tom Riley, LABBB Admissions Coordinator, 781-861-2400 ext. 1002 or e-mail

“Career Directions” Student PowerPoint Presentations

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The LABBB Career Directions students at Minuteman Technical High School sent me some of their PowerPoint presentations that Teacher Brian Walsh and Assistant Teacher Brenda Wells asked them to complete as part of their history unit.  I posted them here for everyone to enjoy.  More are coming!

Noel Heath

Alexander Graham Bell by Leo Raymond

Noel Heath Carpentry

Mark Martin Carpentry

Mark Martin carpentry II

Leo Raymond Psychology Powerpoint

Stephen Castellerin Carpentry Powerpoint

Leo Raymond II Powerpoint

CD Players

Jen Taylor: Coco Chanel, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey

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 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.

Education and the Future of Technology

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Miracle League of Massachusetts

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Miracle League of Massachusetts Flyer

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 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