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On May 18th, Stepping Stones was overjoyed to welcome back a small group of participants to Adult Day Services with approval from the state and local counties. In program, everyone is learning about the importance of social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They even mad e their own face masks!
At our Drex Campus in Norwood, participants picked out their favorite fabric design and got sewing using an adaptive machine! Participants pressed a button that powered the sewing needle as Adult Day Services Coordinator Phil Taylor safely maneuvered each mask.
On a recent outing to The Learning Kitchen in West Chester, adult participants of Stepping Stones developed their cooking skills while preparing an African feast!
Stepping Stones' visit to The Learning Kitchen was part of "Adults Around Town". Funded by a grant from Warren Co. Board of DD, the recreation program allows adults with disabilities to explore and enjoy new experiences within their community.
On Feb. 26, participants of Adult Day Services were joined by eleven St. Ursula Academy students for a day of team-building activities at our Drex Campus!
The St. Ursula volunteers and participants formed four teams and competed against one another in a series of races. Each activity was designed to promote inclusion and encouraged everyone to work together as a team.
Students of our Step-Up Autism Alternative Education program are benefiting from weekly Integrated Theatre Education classes led by Ensemble Theatre instructors.
The theatre workshop classes use the renowned Heartbeat Method - a series of sensory games Kelly Hunter developed for youth with autism to explore Shakespeare's works with expression. Hunter is a director, writer and actor from the UK whose program has been adopted by educational programs around the globe.
Participants of Adult Day Services at Stepping Stones' Drex Campus have been enjoying the benefits of chair yoga! Community volunteer and certified yoga instructor Michael Lau leads classes in the gymnasium to help participants improve strength and flexibility.
Thank you, Michael Lau, for bringing these very popular and beneficial classes to our program.
Over the past few months, participants of the Adult Day Program at Stepping Stones have hand-painted heartfelt details on bistro platters available for purchase at the Open Your Heart fundraising event. Art projects like these help participants strengthen independence, celebrate their abilities, and showcase one of many talents!
Participants of our Adult Day Services program in Norwood love to explore various types of music! Currently, we most enjoy experimenting with a variety of percussion instruments including maracas, a xylophone, a variety of drums and more.
The instruments are a popular addition to our program made possible by the Montgomery Womans Club. Thank you for giving our program the joyful gift of music!
The annual Holiday Boutique returned to Adult Day Services at our Norwood location. Every year, the boutique gives participants the opportunity to develop their money and budgeting skills while prepping for the holidays.
Thank you to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Unit volunteers who volunteered as guest cashiers and everyone who kindly donated so many wonderful items.
On Dec. 13, staff and Adult participants at our Norwood Campus celebrated the holidays with Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon team. The holiday bash has become a beloved tradition and is in its 16th year! The event included caroling, holiday games and Bingo as well as special visits from Buddy the Elf and "Elf-is" - who serenaded us with classic Elvis holiday songs. It was a great day of sharing holiday traditions with a treasured community partner!
The holiday spirit was in the air at Stepping Stones on Dec. 7 when Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Saturday Kids Club! All of the boys and girls were able to chat with Santa as well as open a gift he picked out just for them. From footballs to Harry Potter wands and even princess dresses, there were plenty of smiles as everyone opened the bounty of gifts.
A big thank you to Santa Claus for making a special trip to Stepping Stones! We also thank our generous community partner Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP for arranging such a wonderful celebration.
On Dec. 3, the festive season at Stepping Stones got off to a grand start with a holiday celebration at our Allyn Campus in Batavia.
Thank you to community volunteer Todd Little for organizing the holiday event. We also thank the Kiwanis Clubs of Mariemont and Milford for sponsoring gifts, ColdWell Banker's Anderson East branch for providing a pizza lunch, Ben Troutman for sponsoring drinks, Brian Kaufman of WMOH 1450 for DJing the event and Santa for making a surprise visit.