Archive for category special needs

Santa Event Specially Designed for Kids with Special Needs

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — Santa stopped by an event in Luzerne County tailor-made for children with special needs. It’s called Sensitive Santa and was developed by a speech pathologist in a calm and stress-free environment. Kids meet Santa in a dimly lit room and can take all the time they need. The mother of a boy with autism described how this is a better experience since most Santa meet-ups can be overwhelming. “It was quiet. It wasn’t overwhelming for him. He […]

A Different Kind of Job Fair in Scranton

SCRANTON — It was a job fair with a different twist Monday morning in Scranton. The goal was to help young people with disabilities land that first job. Camryn Kuchak, a 17-year-old student in the North Pocono School District, is looking for a job. The search brought him to the University of Scranton and a job fair hosted by the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Students with disabilities learn the job interview skills that will get their feet in the […]

Special Needs Night out at Columbia County Farm

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — The music was pumping and kids were drumming, playing in a box of corn kernels at Rohrbach’s Farm near Catawissa for the annual Special Needs Night. Tuesday was the third annual special needs event at the farm, which offers a chance for kids with special needs to enjoy the farm with their families. “This is a great event they have every year. You know, we appreciate that they do something like this. We love coming every year,” […]

Students Organize Prom for Peers with Special Needs

KELLY TOWNSHIP — As students all across our area get ready for prom season, some students in Union County have been busy planning a prom not for themselves, but for children with special needs. Students from all over central Pennsylvania danced the night away Saturday at Silver Moon Banquet Hall near Lewisburg. This was the first time a prom like this has ever happened in Union County. The dancers are students with special needs from seven different school districts across […]

Prom Planned for Students with Special Needs

KELLY TOWNSHIP — Prom is one of the most anticipated events of a high school student’s year and a group of students at Lewisburg Area High School planning one. But the prom is not for them. It’s for students with special needs in seven school districts in central Pennsylvania. “A lot of them don’t get invited to our own prom or might not feel comfortable going to ours,” Lance Klinefelter said. The group is called “Magic Makers.” It’s a nonprofit […]

Student-run Retail Store Opens at Stroudsburg High School

STROUDSBURG — In the lower level of a high school, you expect to find storage, not a store. But that’s what you’ll find at Stroudsburg High School on West Main Street where “Common Threads” is open for business. “It’s a really cool experience for these guys, for sure, and for us to be here. It’s just a great experience for everyone. It’s a lot of fun,” said senior Jay Kmetz. “Common Threads” is the high school’s latest vocational training site […]

Kids Get to See TreeFest in Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — Some children in Columbia County got to experience a longtime Christmas tradition in Bloomsburg Tuesday without the big crowds it usually draws. TreeFest is an event with more than 130 decorated Christmas trees, and some kids had the winter wonderland all to themselves. There are brightly decorated Christmas trees lined up as far as the eye can see inside the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. It’s part of TreeFest, an annual event benefiting the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. The real […]

A Chance to Play Baseball with the Best

WYOMING — For some special-needs students in Luzerne County this was quite a treat. Not only did they spend the day playing baseball, but they got the chance to play with some of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. This was not your typical day at New Story School in Wyoming. The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRider’s mascot was […]