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Through news stories, public service announcements and guest appearances on NightSide with Dan Rea, we will show the hard work and dedication of our local charities.
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THIS MONTH'S CHARITY
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is proud to support The CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) which was established by a group of dedicated parents and educators to raise funds to provide high quality and affordable programming, training, and resources to benefit children with special needs (ages 3-22), their families, and educators throughout South Shore Massachusetts. CORSE has designed an innovative model within a blended framework of integrated and specialized social, academic, recreation, therapeutic, and work-skills development programs so children with special needs can reach their full potential. Their variety of programs are staffed appropriately through customized staffing ratios and special education expertise so ALL children, those with and without special needs, can successfully participate together within their community.
ABOUT THE C.O.R.S.E. FOUNDATION
It has been said, “No one can prepare you for the responsibilities of parenthood,” and this is especially true for the parents of a child with special needs. The family’s daily efforts, concerns, and anxieties are magnified, while unparalleled feelings of pride and joy are realized when that child achieves their full potential. The way to provide these life-changing opportunities for children with special needs is to ensure the community has the necessary tools and resources for these students.
To keep programs as affordable as possible, CORSE supplements 75% of all programming costs and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Their administrative overhead is only 4.9%. In order to continue their beneficial programs, please consider a donation to CORSE. ALL donations are greatly appreciated!
CURRENT C.O.R.S.E. PROGRAMS
Their proudest and most impactful community resource has been their programming for children with special needs. CORSE offers a variety of integrated social, academic and recreational programs that have customized staffing ratios and expertise so children with and without special needs on the South Shore can participate within their community. CORSE programs are open to ALL children, unless designated, and are staffed appropriately so that children with special needs can successfully participate in them. The fundamental difference these integrated programs make is that children with special needs can gain important skills they need to succeed in life. With these skill-building programs for active and successful student participation alongside peers, reinforced with parent training and support materials, children are making great strides.
Their social programs provide opportunities to build skills in interacting and initiating activities with peers. Learning to utilize these skills more effectively, children build lifelong skills in communication, cooperation, self-control and self-confidence.
Their academic programs provide skill development in math, reading, writing and executive functioning. Since they are taught by SPS faculty, they tie directly to the appropriate grade level curriculum. Click here for more information.
Their recreational programs teach children in a very pragmatic way how to access their own creativity and develop physical skills while at the same time providing frameworks for children to play in a constructive and appropriate manner. Successful recreational experiences not only increase a child’s skills, but more importantly improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
CORSE offers integrated recreational programs in collaboration with Scituate Recreation: “All Stars” sports programs throughout the year and summer “All Stars” socially-based recreation camps.
Special summer programming has included working with nationally recognized organizations such as AccesSport America, iCan Bike and Tennis through Aceing Autism. CORSE brings AccesSport America to Scituate for an innovative week-long specialty camp to provide skill-building experience in water sports: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and paddle-boarding. The camp provides specialized instructors and equipment from AccesSport America, a national, non-profit founded in 1995 that inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through safe entry to high-challenge sports. CORSE brought iCan Bike Camp in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 for a week-long camp that teaches children how to ride a two-wheeler. They were the first and only group to bring this program to Massachusetts for two consecutive years.
Community organizations have also collaborated with CORSE to provide customized sports and recreation programs: Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Gymnastics, Swimming, Dance, and Skateboarding. Click here for more information.
CORSE has designed an innovative Best Buddies model that provides integrated group social activities with social thinking and inclusion training for all as well as peer mentor programs to enhance our own social and recreation programming. Click here for more information.
CORSE has successfully operationalized music therapy and yoga through the South Shore Conservatory (SSC) in Scituate Public School’s pre-school integrated Early Childhood Center (ECC) through grade eight in our substantially separate classrooms for students with special needs. Music Therapy is also offered for our High School vocational program. Click here for more information.
In continuing with its belief and mission to benefit all children in our community, the Scituate CORSE Foundation is pleased to host a new program for siblings of children with special needs. Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view. Click here for more information.
CORSE coordinates many community events ("Let's Go") offering a variety of ongoing family-focused fun, such as movies, bowling, and dining out, designed to provide a positive community experience for children with special needs and their families. Click here for more information.
CORSE sponsors a variety of parent and educator training workshops. Click here for more information.
CORSE collaborates with various organizations to support volunteer training and work internship models. Click here for more information.
CORSE is committed to recognizing those individuals who make a visible and inspirational impact within our CORSE community. The foundation has a variety of awards and programs that acknowledge these special people. Click here for more information.
The mission of CORSE innovative programming and resources is to help integrate children with special needs and their families into their community, bring inclusion opportunities to all (those with and without special needs), strengthen student/parent/educator skills, build student confidence and engagement in social, academic and recreational areas, provide opportunities at affordable rates despite the program’s instructor expertise and high staffing ratios, and successfully and innovatively collaborate with Scituate Public Schools, Scituate Recreation, and other community organizations.
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