5It’s been an active and rewarding year for Heartspring’s residential services. We are proud of the hard work and achievements our students have made, and are grateful for the dedication of our home coordinators, home coordinator assistants and paraeducators who spend countless hours working with the students to achieve their goals.While many aspects of our residential program are consistent with what is taught in the classroom, our focus is shifted toward daily living skills, leisure skills and community involvement. Our students often go grocery shopping, make trips to the movie theater, and cheer on local sports teams, like the Wichita Wingnuts baseball team and Wichita Thunder hockey team. They also have the opportunity to explore their creativity at Paint the Towne, visit their favorite animals at the Sedgwick County Zoo and look at gorgeous scenery at Botanica Gardens. We strive to be an active part of the Wichita community, and we cannot thank the community enough for the endless support of our students and Heartspring’s mission.This year, several students successfully transitioned from Heartspring to return to their families or progress to adult programs in their home states. One of the best things about working at Heartspring are the relationships we are able to form with so many individuals and their families. While we celebrate their tremendous achievements, we also find these transitions bittersweet. Yet, the reward of witnessing and having a part in these defining moments is truly priceless.Finally, I want to thank all of the families for allowing us to work with your children and to be a part of your lives. We look forward to the challenges and the triumphs of the upcoming year.DEDICATED TO SUCCESSKeith RobinsonDirector of Residential ServicesHOLIDAY CHEER<<Every year, Heartspring students have the opportunity to participate in the holiday program, making it one of the most special events of the year. This year’s theme was “Sounds of the Holidays,” which included acts with students playing bells, drums and other instruments, as well as performances from Heartspring’s choir, the Choral Sensations, and individual solos to holiday songs.SKATING TOGETHER<<Heartspring students had the opportunity to participate in a Skate Day at Carousel Skate Center in mid-November. While some students needed assistance, many Heartspring students glided their way around the rink with ease.
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