This is a picture of Zanders Pope who is an individual in Latham’s Adult Services Program. Zanders is presently training for the Special Olympics Equestrian events that will take place this summer. This training is occurring at Diamond’s Edge Farm in Barnstable, MA.
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill
The Advisory Board meets at least quarterly if not sooner as the need arises. The board is comprised of an individual from each of the homes that comprise Adult Services. The board spent a considerable amount of meetings putting together a protocol for pet ownership. We spent many months working on the criteria of what constitutes to being a responsible owner. Some of the aspects we discussed were: making sure of the requirements necessary for their particular pet, making sure the cost of vet bills are covered, etc. We currently have 6 pets in Adult Services that are being cared for by the Adult Individuals, we have cats, guinea pigs and a cockatiel. Others are in the process of looking into being pet owners and researching the needs of their future pet. What a joy to see the proud faces of the owner as they discuss their pets!
"It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being." ~Henry David Thoreau
This past weekend the Latham Hawks traveled to Worcester for the Massachusetts Special Olympics Winter Games. On Saturday the Hawks could not be stopped and they ended up winning both of the games they played in. This was the first time in recent memory the team had such a successful day. On Sunday, after a long trip back to Worcester Academy from Cape Cod, the kids were not feeling quite as energetic, but the team still walked away with Bronze Medals. It was a enjoyable weekend for students, families and coaches and many happy memories were created. Thank you to Wayne McDonald and the other coaches who made the trip. Special Olympics is an important part of our program, something many kids look forward to, and we are lucky to have so many people willing to come and help out.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Meade
A group of hearty Latham employees went through with their pledge. Many called them crazy... some begged them not to do it, but they went against all common sense and dove into the Atlantic ocean on a winter's day. The four Plungers have been fundraising for the Children’s Special Olympics program the last couple of months and participated in one of Massachusetts Special Olympics Passion Plunges. A huge thank you to Children’s employees Jamie Mersch, Shannon Long and Kristen Schmidt for all of their fundraising efforts and for the courage to jump into the water. Thank you also to Kristen’s husband Bill who joined our team just for the fun of it. Through their efforts, Latham was able to raise about $2500 for this year’s Special Olympics program, which, for many students, is their favorite part of Latham. A majority of the donations were small denominations from many, many individuals in the Latham community. Latham is a strong community that is incredibly supportive of the children here on campus. Thanks to everyone who participated, whether by donating or diving, helping to make this the most successful fundraiser yet.
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." ~Benjamin Franklin
Recently, a former colleague wrote to me about an experience she had in her current job. At first, I thought this was just a “hi, how are you” e-mail from an old friend but it turned out to be a wonderful and poignant reminder of how important learning CPR and First Aid really is...
"A woman and her husband, father & child stopped by the desk of this person. There was a dish of candy on it and the woman took a piece but then started choking. When asked by the former staff if she was OK, her panic was clear and she shook her head NO! The training this staff had received years ago kicked in and with the skill she had developed in annual CPR classes, she was able to help the woman to begin breathing again. Her closing comment to me was “I didn’t have to think about what to do, it all just fell into place.”
A life saved, a family tragedy averted. Have you taken the time to learn CPR/FirstAid? Would you be the person in the right place at the right time? I strongly encourage all of you to find the time to take a CPR/First Aid class. The American Red Cross, The American Heart Association as well as other community resources offer classes all over the country. Do it soon, it could save a life!