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December 2015

A Special Holiday Celebration 

The Children's Center at UCP Suffolk brought Rockefeller Center to its students this holiday season. The school hosted a tree lighting ceremony with a special visit from Santa on Friday, December 11th. 

Principal Sherri Glazer said that it is difficult for students to attend events like the Rockefeller Tree Lighting due to limitations, but this year students enjoyed a spectacular event that was just as much fun.

"Rockefeller Center has nothing on us," Glazer told her overjoyed students as the tree was lit.

Students had an opportunity to place their handmade ornaments on the tree and then staff, students and parents counted down to light the tree. This was followed by individual pictures and personal time with Santa. Snacks were served and each student received a toy of their choice. Local artist Mel Moran serenaded the crowd with acoustic versions of holiday songs during the event.

"The Children's Center Tree Lighting was a huge success," Glazer said. "This event supported our students' independence and functional movement as well as supporting them with positioning while getting the perfect picture with Santa. I want to thank the Patchogue Rotary and the Gutierrez Family for sponsoring the event. Thank You to Mel Moran and to Edward Friedman who played Santa and donated the toys to the school."

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Jeremy lights the tree to
 thunderous applause
Here comes Santa
Alex and his mother, Claudia, places his handmade ornament on the tree
Naveyah strikes a pose in 
front of the tree
Joseph and his mother, Maria

Lonnel enjoys the festivities with Miss Mary Beth

UCP Suffolk Participants Start Food Drive 
For Children and Seniors
Participants and staff with the food they collected for the 
"Stuff a Van" project

UCP Suffolk participants wanted to give back this holiday season. The agency's Day Habilitation Program Without Walls began a food drive called "Stuff a Van" to benefit The Community Programs Center of Long Island (CPC), a nonprofit organization that offers intergenerational day care to children and senior citizens. 

"This has been a difficult year for food pantries on Long Island," Elizabeth Geary, Director of The Community Programs Center of Long Island said. "While we still get generous donations from Long Island Cares/The Harry Chapin Food Bank, the need is so great that our shelves are frequently empty when families ask for assistance. The "Stuff a Van" project will really make a difference."

Participants collected food from family and UCP Suffolk staff.

"There has been tremendous generosity throughout the agency to make this food drive a success," Jody Sommer, a Community Day Habilitation Specialist said.

Geary said that she is appreciative of the participants and staff of UCP Suffolk.

"I am so impressed by the enthusiastic response of the UCP Suffolk family," she said. "Our Head Start families count on the food pantries to help them get through this month. This will definitely bring smiles and relief as well as enjoyable meals to our families."

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UCP Suffolk's The Employment Connection Client Recognized for Outstanding Work

L to R: Old Navy Manager Doug Wadsworth 
and Kate Gregory
Old Navy of Commack received a Certificate of Recognition from The New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) "Works For Me Initiative." In addition, Kate Gregory, a client of UCP Suffolk's The Employment Connection and an Old Navy employee, was also recognized with a certificate for her outstanding work.

Kate has been employed as a Logistics Associate at Old Navy since November 2011. She was hired as a temporary seasonal employee and then obtained permanent part-time employment.
"Kate is a passionate employee," Manager Doug Wadsworth said. " She is everything that Old Navy stands for."

An Artist's Touch

UCP Suffolk's amazing artists 

Thank You to Bethpage Federal Credit Union of Central Islip for hosting a beautiful reception for "Brushstrokes: An Art Exhibit," which features artwork from our wonderful artists!

Our staff, board members and artists enjoyed an afternoon of art, food and mingling.
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