Whole Children News

Add your voice to the Joyful Chorus!

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The Joyful Chorus is starting its third year in the fall, and we already have three major Fall2013recruitconcerts planned (Survival Center benefit at the Academy of Music, Northampton Tree Lighting and Florence Community Band Holiday concert).

Now, all we need is you! The chorus would love to get everyone in on the act. You don’t have to be a great singer — just have a love of performance, music, and friendship. Our singers put their hearts in the performance and it shows in every song they sing.

If you would like to be a part of the fun, sign up now! Rehearsals are Mondays from 4-5 p.m. and will start up on September 16. Only $25!

Sing out!

Link to sign up: http://wholechildren.org/classes/joyful-chorus/


Summertime and the living is easy

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We are in the second week of the summer session and despite the wilting heat, the joint is jumping!


Between the teens learning independence skills, the middle schoolers practicing social skills (and so much more), the little guys doing Kung Fu, dance, soccer (and on and on) and the Pokemon gang digging into new adventures, just about every nook and cranny of the Inclusive Community Center is full and ringing with shrieks and laughter and the sounds of happy kids learning, making friends, having fun.

Of course, with this heat we have to do some serious cooling off. So it’s off to swim or fish or whatever other cool adventures our teachers come up with..

Bring on summer

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Just one more day of classes for our spring session and then we close the doors, take a breath, and start gearing up for summer. It’s always nice to have a all-star-kid-puddle-rain-Favim.com-212568little break between sessions — a time for the teachers to regroup and to think ahead to the next adventure. A time for us all to clean off our desks, swab the decks, plant the front garden, and return those calls and emails that have gotten buried in the rush of the daily bustle.

This summer is going to be busy — we’ve had to add classes to keep up with enrollment and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of new families.  We’re already looking ahead to a fall full of fun new classes, programs, and performances. Watch this space for news as our plans become finalized.

If you’re in Easthampton tomorrow to enjoy Arthampton, stop by the old city hall to watch the Joyful Chorus perform at 3 pm. It’s the first of three concerts they have in the next week.

Enjoy the rain!

Taking to the airwaves

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We’re pretty excited about our newest adventure — a radio show by and for teens and adults with disabilities. Teachers Brian Melanson and Chris Harper kicked off the Radio Hour during Feb. vacation week with a trip to WRSI – 93.9 The River and  production of our own radio show! Here is a quick preview of the fruits of that first week.

This Spring the “On the Air”  class is really digging in — they are brainstorming topics and acts for the show, including a comedy segment and an original rap group. They are also  writing original poems and stories to be performed on the air.

Big shout-out to Bill Dwight for donating our radio equipment and to Jaz Tupelo for showing us how to use it!

A walk in the park

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We’re walking for Best Buddies this Sunday — wanna join us?

Come and join us for a wonderful day of great music, great food, great entertainment and great friends! Music performances by the students of Berkshire Hills Music Academy. If the mood strikes you, please feel free to dress up as your favorite Superhero!

Sunday, May 5, 2013 — Join our Team!

Look Park
300 North Main Street
Northampton, MA 01062

9:00 am – Registration Opens
9:30 am – Warm-up and Pre-Event Celebration
10:00 am – Walk Begins

Walk Registration: No Fees
Each participant is encouraged to fund-raise a minimum of $50 to receive an event day t-shirt. Register for the Friendship Walk and begin fundraising for Best Buddies Massachusetts!

Construction Begins

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Construction has begun on our expanded space! Once work is complete (hopefully early September) we will have a new, larger teen space, a cafe (which will serve as the hub of all adult classes and activities), training room to host workshops, etc, new preschool movement space, and an enclosed gym (currently all of our staff offices are accessed through the gym, which has made it difficult for staff and kids).

River Valley Market donates proceeds

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Whole Children was selected to receive proceeds from the River Valley Market‘s green stamp program in July. The Northampton market (also known as the Food Co-op) will also set up donation collection jars at the registers for shoppers who want to donate to Whole Children. Thank you River Valley! Come see us on July 23 from 10-2 at the store where we’ll be passing out literature!

Dinosaur Jr/Warblers/Thurston Moore/Henry Rollins benefit concert

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DinoJrposterPrintAlmost 1,000 tickets were sold for the Dinosaur Jr/Warblers/Thurston Moore/Henry Rollins benefit concert to support Whole Children. The packed house at the Calvin Theater in Northampton on 6/21 was treated to a more-than-4-hour show. Artist Jay Ryan also donated 100 limited edition posters to commemorate the event and the Warblers donated t-shirts and CDs. Thank you to the generous musicians and the audience members who supported us!

The Valley Advocate cover story on June 16 featured the benefit concert. The weekly reviewed the show online the day after.