7Two Heartspring students, Ty and Jacob, had the opportunity to participate in “travel training” with the help of the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff. Ty and Jacob practiced walking through the security check point to their terminal and patiently waited in line for their bags to be checked. The preparation helps alleviate some of the stresses for the boys as they travel home for the first time via airplane. Most students come to the Heartspring School from states outside of Kansas, and travel home to visit their families during holiday and summer breaks. PREPARING FOR LIFT OFF<<The women of ESA planned and created a carnival experience for Heartspring students at the annual “Day of Love” dance. Students had their faces painted, played carnival games, won prizes and enjoyed cookies and punch. ESA plans and volunteers for Heartspring dances each year for both the Day of Love dance and prom.KINDEST HEARTS<<The Kansas State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) sorority hosted Heartspring’s annual prom during Parent Weekend. The theme was “A Night with the Stars,” complete with a red carpet, gold stars and camera-ready smiles! ESA is a longtime sponsor of Heartspring, often hosting dances and more recently, serving as the lead sponsor for the Heartspring Treehouse project. NIGHT WITH THE STARS<<SHOWSTOPPING ACTSBUTTONS+BOWSfor autismEdgar came to Heartspring at just eight years old. At the time, he was shy, distant and self-injurious. He didn’t know how to communicate his feelings, and he had no motivation to work, play or interact with others. Thanks to the dedication of his staff and effective programming, Edgar is now leaps and bounds above where he started. Edgar recently became a salesman for his own “Buttons & Bows for Autism” business. Edgar has his own stand and sells buttons, bows, and magnets promoting autism and other special needs up to two times a week on campus. For his classroom teacher, Carmen LaBarge, this role has added a spark to his routine. “When I first met Edgar, he was just going through the motions,” she said, “This job really gives him purpose. I see a sense of pride and a renewed energy in him.” According to Carmen, Edgar has taken ownership of his salesman role, and enjoys helping customers pick out their purchases, and collecting transactions. Special orders can be made by email at clabarge@heartspring.org.7
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