All About HELP Foundation's Continuing Education Summer Program
HELP Foundation’s Continuing Education Summer Program is in its 46th year providing special education to students ages 3-22. Participants receive a fun, hands-on summer school program with activities that promote socialization along with education to prevent the loss of academic and personal development achieved work during the regular school year.
We offer this program at two convenient east side and west side locations at Parma City School’s Shiloh Middle School, and here at Euclid’s Chardon Hills Magnet School. Thanks to a regional collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, Cleveland Municipal School District as well as numerous other school districts. These partners entrust us with providing students with a fun and safe summer experience that will extend the progress the students have made over the school year.
This outstanding program was created to accompany the traditional academic curriculum students receive during the school year. However, the program is more than just extra schooling. Each week, all attending students take part in special themes where they learn camp activities and educational activities based on that week’s theme. “We provide all students with daily gross motor activities, both indoors and outdoors, and we do whatever we can to make learning fun for everyone” said Greg Seigler, Director of HELP’s Continuing Education Summer Program.
The benefits of this special summer program don’t just stop after the six weeks are up. The children take what they learned with them when they go back to school in the fall and this programs helps young staff members realize their dream of becoming special education teachers. “I love when we have young staff members who work with us while in high school, who decide they would like to dedicate their lives to working with children with developmental disabilities. Many staff members during their time with us move onto college to become special education teachers. That to me is the true distinction of our program!” Greg said.
2018’s Continuing Education Summer Program is already in full swing but if you’d like to learn more please visit HELP’s website, www.helpfoundationinc.org.