Camp Scholarships – Apply Now!

The Exceptional Georgetown Alliance is now taking applications for scholarships for the adaptive summer day camps, Let’s Make Friends and Circle of Friends. These camps are for GISD elementary, middle and high school students.  Scholarships are limited.  Applications can be received and returned via email, exceptionalgeorgetown@gmail.com, or picked up and dropped off at Georgetown Parks and Rec center on Austin Avenue.  All applications must be received by March 17, 2017 for consideration.  Restrictions apply and all candidates must meet criteria.

Scholarship Application, 2017

New Training offered for parents of children with autism

Empowering parents of children with autism to improve their communication and learning skills no matter their economic background.

That’s the goal of a new training course for mom’s and dad’s now underway at the University of Texas.
Participants don’t have to live in Austin, speak English or pay a cent. The program is free.
It’s called Project SKILLS-Skills and Knowledge of Intervention for Language Learning Success. It’s made up of eight sessions that are free of charge to parents and caregivers of children ages 12 months to 6-years-old.
The program is looking for more families to join the program in January. To register or for more information email utprojectskills@gmail.com or call (512) 471-201

Registration for the 2016 Boo Run!

Registration for the 2016 Boo Run has begun!  Click here to register!!

 The 8th Annual Exceptional Georgetown Alliance (EGA) Boo Run takes place this year on Saturday, October 29th in beautiful San Gabriel Park in the heart of Georgetown, Texas.

The 5K Chip-timed race starts at 9:00 am, followed by the 1 mile Fun Run at 10:00 am.

This chip-timed 5K race and 1 mile family fun run meanders along the scenic San Gabriel River.

Come in your Halloween costume and stay after for a kids’ costume contest!

Proceeds from this event help to fund extracurricular events, activities and summer day camp for students in Georgetown with Special Needs. 

 

Event details and schedule

Schedule:

8:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM 5K chip-timed race

10:00 AM 1 Mile Fun Run

Costume Contest for 12 and under – Immediately following the Fun Run

5K race Awards will be immediately following the Costume Contest

Shirt sizes are guaranteed for entries received by Oct 14. After that, shirts will be provided while supplies last so register early!

Early Packet Pick-Up: Friday, Oct 28 – details to follow

Packet Pickup will also be available beginning at 8:00 am at the Start / Finish in San Gabriel Park. Look for the Gazebo.

The entry fee for 13 and up 5K runners will increase to $30 on Oct 15 and $35 on the day of the race. The fee for 13 and up 1 milers will increase to $20 the day of the race. The fee for 12 and under 5k runners will increase to $20 the day of the race.

Course: The 5K and the one mile run will begin and end in the San Gabriel Park. The course meanders beside the picturesque San Gabriel River along Georgetown’s own Hike and Bike Trail.

Rain or Shine: We will be at the park come rain or shine. Sorry there are no refunds.

In the event of sever weather, check our Facebook page for updates -facebook.com/Exceptional-Georgetown

Join EGA and BiG In Our Fall Coffee Talk!

EGA and BiG (Brookwood in Georgetown) are partnering for our first coffee talk together.  We have asked some BiG moms to join us so we can begin a community of sharing information with help from some great mentors! We foresee a small group format, so it’s more of a conversation and easy for all to participate.

Here are some of the questions/topics that have come to mind to ask our mentors:

“What were your challenges at the elementary school level?”

“What are your challenges of a mother of a special needs daughter?”

“What was it like for your child to transition to Junior High? to High School?”

“What did you do to help your child become more independent?”

“How did you know a group home was right for your kiddo?”

These are just a few of the questions that all of us might have.  If you have more, send them to us!!

We really, really want you to participate so please come!

It will be fun and informative to share ideas with others who have gone through the process of rearing a special needs child into adulthood.

We are so lucky to live in a caring community.  Please join us for our first BIG/EGA Coffee on Saturday August 6th at 9:30 am at the Georgetown Healthcare Circle of Care Community Rooms, Room A on Williams Drive.  RSVP to exceptionalgeorgetown@gmail.com so we can make sure we have enough coffee and tasty treats!

5 Week Summer Program at Palace Theater!

From Georgetown Palace Theater:
More exciting news from the Palace Education program!

For the first time, we are offering a 5 week summer program for children on the Autism spectrum!

This inaugural class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from July 5th through August 4th from 6-7 PM. The class will work on acting exercises, social skills, public speaking, and performance. Our class will culminate in a performance for family and friends on the last day of class.

This very special workshop is limited to 8 children who are going into 3rd-5th grade for the 2016-2017 school year. If you know a child who qualifies, please have them enroll immediately! (You can register here.)

This workshop is provided at NO COST to families through a generous grant from Georgetown Seeds of Strength. We would like to thank that organization as well as the Georgetown Health Foundation for all of the wonderful programs we will be able to offer this year for our patrons with special needs. Keep an eye out for more great programming that will be starting this Fall.

We hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Regards,

Gwen Dicapo
Education Coordinator
The Georgetown Palace Theatre
Education Program

Camp Starts Monday!

Adaptive Camps, Let’s Make Friends and Circle of Friends, start on Monday!!
Let’s Make Friends camp will be at Annie Purl Elementary. Drop-off 8 am, Olive Street entrance, back of school.
Circle of Friends moved to East View High School. Drop-off at 8 am around the back of building through door 25.
All participants must have registered previously through Georgetown Park and Rec to attend the camps.

Special Needs Swimming Lessons begin in July!

Open to special needs students who want to learn to swim in a small group setting.  We will have 3 classes Monday and Wednesday nights running 30 minutes.  We will assign a specific time for each swimmer between the hours of 5:30 and 7 pm.  An adult might need to accompany a child into the pool as the instructor works with another child.

 

When:  Classes begin July 11 and go through August 3rd, Monday and Wednesday evening of each week.

 

Where: River Ridge Pool

 

Only a limited amount of space is available so please send an email asap to

exceptionalgeorgetown@gmail.com to get an application.  We are offering on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Thanks to Georgetown Park Pals/Friends of Georgetown Parks and Rec for providing this great service!!

Paint a memory in support of National Autism Awareness Day!

Megan Hoover has graciously offered her art expertise to help us create a special painting to celebrate National Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd.  The picture you will paint is a beautiful gathering of balloons with one balloon as the iconic autism puzzle piece symbol.  The caption reads:  “More alike…than different.”

Where: Bridges Cafeteria, GHS Annex Building, Williams Drive

When: Sat. April 2nd, 2 to 5pm.

Cost: $45, which includes painting and snacks.