Cerebral Palsy League Students And Families Revel At Carnival Family Fun Day

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CRANFORD – The Cerebral Palsy League’s Jardine Academy in Cranford marked the culmination of a Carnival Week celebration with a Family Fun Day Friday, August 13.

Students of the academy and their families enjoyed carnival games – including a home-made, life-size Skee-Ball game – a dunking tank for the school principal, a barbecue and a summer slide show recapping the activities of the academy’s extended school year summer session. More than 40 families attended.

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The Jardine Academy serves students with developmental disabilities aged 3-21, providing a comprehensive educational program designed to meet the cognitive and physical needs of children who have multiple disabilities. The academy holds an extended school year summer session to ensure that students continue to build on the progress they make during the regular school year and do not lose any skills they have developed, according to Barry Bullis, the school’s principal.

To allow students to also enjoy the feeling of summer the academy runs theme weeks throughout the extended session, such as Super Hero Week, Messy Science Week, Undersea Week, Camping Week and Carnival Week. This week students enjoyed tumbling and egg races, Clown Day and Friday were treated to Family Fun Day. The slide show recapped all the themed activities of the summer.

Movement is integral to the curriculum at the Jardine Academy, which is New Jersey’s only Move Model site of MOVE® (Mobility Opportunities Via Education), the internationally renowned mobility program for children and adults with physical disabilities. Each of the summer theme weeks was designed with movement as a key component of activities, according to Bullis.

“Our philosophy is to enable our students to obtain an optimal level of functional independence,” he said. “Movement is the key to independence and independence enables interaction – interaction with family, schoolmates and the community.

“That is why today’s Carnival Family Fun Day was an ideal ending point for our summer activities. Not only were our students able to have fun while strengthening their skills but their families were able to both see their progress and join in the festivities.”

The Jardine Academy serves about 100 students from Union, Essex and Middlesex counties.

David Lespinasse, a student at the Cerebral Palsy League Jardine Academy, throws a ball at the dunking tank at the academy’s Carnival Family Fun Day.

Nicholas Santo, a student at the Cerebral Palsy League Jardine Academy, throws a ball at the Skee-Ball game at the academy’s Carnival Family Fun Day.

Tiffany Sanchez, a student at the Cerebral Palsy League Jardine Academy, pushes a pie in the face of Stephanie Peters, a music therapist, at the academy’s Carnival Family Fun Day.

Photos courtesy of Cerebral Palsy League Jardine Academy


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