Thank you to those who were able to join us at our In A Different Key, movie event. We had an amazing evening screening the film for guests and spending time with the filmmakers Caren Zucker and John Donvan. We are honored to have shared such a unique experience with supporters of Creekside.
It was a very successful event! Our Fund-A-Need paddle raiser at the end of the evening yielded $9,200 towards our community vehicles, $8,100 for new tablets/technology and $4,650 for the purchase of new occupational therapy/gym equipment. We are grateful to those who were able to attend as well as others who gave their support online to help us achieve our overall fundraising goal of $40,000! Wow! So incredible!
We certainly left that evening feeling energized and eager to continue the conversation about how to build a strong community around the Creekside School students and the greater Autism community.
COVID-19 has been top of mind at our school this fall (as it should be), and we are very proud of our students and staff for their diligence about wearing masks and/or shields, handwashing, social distancing and staying outdoors as much as possible.
We were eager, in spite of all of that juggling, to not delay our long-planned professional development with the research staff at TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children), a nationally recognized program at the University of North Carolina.
Through virtual sessions that began in August and concluded in December, we received valuable advice on ways to fine tune the physical organization of our classrooms and visual cues we use throughout our campus to help our students navigate their school days.
We enjoyed learning about the TEACCH work systems and how to apply them to our students to increase their flexibility, self confidence and independence.
Our thanks to the TEACCH staff for the very productive learning sessions.
OUR COVID SUMMER
We created an in-person learning ecosystem that exceeded Santa Clara County COVID-19 protocols for summer camps and programs. The diligence of students, staff, and their respective families resulted in a great summer of learning and zero cases of COVID-19.
Our inaugural fundraiser was a rollicking success as dinner patrons tested their moxie in highly-competitive rounds of pantomimes and song titles, all while learning about our amazing students, their challenges and triumphs.
Creekside co-founder Marimo Berk received The Isabelle Lemon Community Spirit Award. Each year, the Giants Community Fund recognizes one volunteer who exemplifies the commitment to community service and can-do spirit of Isabelle Lemon (far left), longtime KNBR promotions director and inductee into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Special needs students from area schools enjoyed a morning of games, activities, sweets and treats. Our thanks to volunteers from Google, Motorola and our neighborhood who helped make this a very special day for our students and guests.
RIBBON CUTTING & OPEN HOUSE
Creekside welcomes the community to its Open House and Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Oak Grove School District Superintendent Jose Manzo and Creekside co-founder Marimo Berk cut the ribbon to open the campus to guests, as San Jose City, Oak Grove Board of Trustees and Creekside leadership look on.