We Care Arts

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another Amazing Family Member

Steve was born in Kirksville, Missouri and his family moved all over the country when he was a kid, due to his father’s job as a radiologist. He was always tall because he was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, which causes gigantism, along with other conditions. Steve has always enjoyed the outdoors, being very fond of animals and hiking. So his early career choices are not surprising: trail guide in Montana and working on a commercial fishing boat in Kodiak, Alaska. He enjoyed Montana’s beauty, while working on a fishing vessel required four months of working seven days a week from 8am to 10pm.  But the benefits were that he saw many killer whales, seals and sharks, along with lots of other sea life.

Around 2006, he visited We Care Arts, and was impressed by the artwork in our gallery. Prior to that, he had become a client of South Community in 2002, after a very bad time with personal problems that caused him a psychotic incident.  He has a long history of self-harm but now is feeling much better and stronger. He has two children, both of which are very musical. His son has just graduated from Fairmont High School, and is now enrolled in the Firefighter program at Sinclair Community College. His daughter is a senior at Ohio State University, where she is studying biomedical engineering.

Steve loves coming to We Care Arts and thinks that everyone here is just great! He feels that the instructors are excellent and very patient, and encourage the artists to try new things. He attends our fiber arts class, and has recently joined another class where the artists are learning to use a sewing machine. He enjoys the variety of people at We Care Arts and likes to talk to everyone and see what kind of artwork they are doing!

Our amazing tall guy, Steve Weiss, will be modeling for us at #celebrateyourstyle fashion show this year! We figured that with his 6 foot 8 inch frame, we won’t be able to lose track of him! Celebrate Your Style will be held Saturday October 7th, 2017 from 10 am to 12pm at NCR Country Club. We hope to see your smiling faces there! Buy your tickets here! https://wecarearts.networkforgood.com/events/3456-celebrate-your-stlye

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fiber Arts Class

We wanted to make sure you all knew of one of our very popular classes that takes place at the Berkley center, our main site, on Monday afternoons. We love seeing how much everyone enjoys taking this sewing class together. We wanted to share the excitement with you all.
Our fiber arts class has been very popular with our clients but we had many requests from them to learn how to sew with a sewing machine. Sewing machines can be quite challenging sometimes and learning their idiosyncrasies takes time and focus. So our teacher Sharen has created a manual and conducts weekly class so our clients can learn these skills. Sharen loves it when a “light bulb” goes off as her sewing students do things correctly and understand the techniques to use.  Sewing can be quite an exact science!

Sewing machines can be temperamental things so Sharen provides each student with a specific machine to use when they are here. She feels that they should have ownership of their ability to use their sewing machine.  The students also give their sewing machines names! Precious, Buttermilk and Bob of Borneo are just some of the funny titles they have! 

When the students begin working with their sewing machine, they have to start with making their own monster pin cushion.  Then they move on to stuffed animals, mug rugs (very popular!) and potato bags, for cooking your potato in the microwave. They also create handbags and totes and door draft stoppers for keeping out the winter cold.

Baby and adult bibs are very popular along with our beautiful aprons. You can find these wonderful products at our gift shop in Town and Country Shopping Center, or at our main studio gift shop at 3035 Wilmington Pike. Either store is a great place for your special holiday shopping!

Below are the open hours for our two shops.

Berkley Center:
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Town and Country Shopping Center:
Monday - Thursday 4pm - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 10a - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Come see the amazing crafts and meet more of our We Care Arts Family!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Celebrating Recovery Awareness Month

Come join We Care Arts in celebrating National Recovery Awareness Month and promoting the importance of living a healthy life! We truly encourage each and every one of you to consider recovering and improving you health. There are so many different options that can help make strides in recovery including art therapy. Today let's learn about what National Recovery Awareness Month is, how it's related to art therapy, and hear some amazing quotes from our special members of the We Care Arts family.
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Addiction to drugs or alcohol has many different roots. From childhood traumas to stress, depression, and PTSD, there are quite a few reasons people turn to substances, and everyone reacts to them differently. Because there are so many delicate factors involved, there are also many treatments available, including art therapy, which can afford those in recovery a chance to find a way to relieve those feelings with something creative.
Art therapy can also help the individual come to terms with past incidents and lessen shame, which is often a side-effect to seeking help. And in most types of creative activity, there are few rules. The creation is entirely the artist’s own, from idea to execution. Below are some quotes we received from our clients, which expressed how art here at We Care Arts has helped them through their recovery. 
"We Care Arts has become an extended family for me. Instead of going to bars and other such places, this place provides a chance to socialize and accomplish something with my artwork." 
"It helps me a lot to be around people. When you get sober, it is a very lonely experience. I had to give up all my friends from the past.  Here I find that everyone is very positive and it is fun to be together and be creative." 
"The staff and clients at We Care Arts have improved my sense of self-worth by encouraging my artistic pursuits with suggestions and compliments." 
"I find it much easier to stay focused when doing my artwork here since there is a group of people sitting together and we are all making art."

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What working at the We Care Arts store means to Mr. & Mrs. Scholl

Please join us in congratulating Mr. & Mrs. Scholl, who are members of our We Care Arts family, who have come together to make their own family. We were blessed to have the opportunity to speak with them this past Monday to learn about the wonderful time they have had with their jobs at the Town and Country WCA store. This newlywed couple met during their time at We Care Arts. Jen would sometimes go to the back to work on clay sculptures so she could talk to Aaron. After getting to know one another they got married on June 17, 2017.

Aaron and Jen both enjoy working at the Town and Country store while also working other places.  Jen has been working at the store since it opened in October 2015. Aaron recently started working there toward the end of July 2017. Their schedules vary depending on the month. Jen works on Mondays and weekends. Aaron works two Tuesdays every month and 1 Thursday a month. They have various responsibilities during their work hours. Jen interacts with customers to give them an insight on what happens at WCA. She also works the cash register, keeps the store clean, and moves merchandise around to make sure that the store has a fresh look. Aaron is responsible for greeting people, telling them all WCA does, and writing thank you notes for people that have made purchases. Aaron also said he gets used to dust a lot since he is the tallest person that works there. In addition to working at Town and Country they both have other jobs. Aaron works cleaning office buildings. Jean works as a Wavier provider for a 17 year old girl. Together Jen and the teen work on living skills, homework, and social outings.

Being able to work at Town and Country has given Aaron and Jen a lot of enjoyment.  Jen said, “I enjoy spreading the WCA message about how much art helps people, including myself. Working at Town and Country also allowed me to be able to get my own apartment in 2016 because of the additional income. It’s really neat seeing people get excited about the art we make at WCA.” Aaron also loves seeing other people’s artwork getting sold and having interaction with the customers. The customers at the shop really enjoy knowing that the client who made the product will get a percentage of the purchase price. The teachers at WCA work with each client, whatever their abilities, so they can have products in the store to sell. The store has been a great addition for WCA because of the outreach and education to the public that has been spread. The busiest time of the year for the store is the beginning of fall until the end of the New Year. Aaron said, “People are surprised to learn that we take special orders. For example, we make adult bibs and if someone wants a special color/pattern, we can accommodate that. People also come to us with an idea or picture and we do our best to replicate their vision.

We hope you can come to the store to enjoy all of the amazing works of art that are for sale as well as meet Aaron, Jen, and all of the other wonderful employees!

Town and Country WCA Store Hours:
Monday – Thursday 4-7
Friday 12-7
Saturday 10-7

Sunday 12-5

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What a SUCCESS Arts and Drafts was!!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who took the time to help with our 5k and Arts and Drafts events that happened earlier this month. We also want to thank all of your who came out to support us. You truly contributed to making these events successful. This year marks our 2nd year doing our 5k Run, Stroll, and Roll followed by our Arts and Drafts Fest. We are excited to share that we tripled the amount of money we made last year. From the two events we raised over $17,800 which was an 18% increase from last year. We wish you could have seen what an amazing time everyone had.

It put a smile on our faces seeing people enjoy their time hanging out, getting tattoos, and having some beverages. People also enjoyed listening to live music from various live bands and an amazing performance by "Signing Hands". They are a group of clients at We Care Arts who are learning sign language. Please click the link to watch their wonderful performance: https://youtu.be/ByKwq3cFbU8

Please join us in giving a big thank you to all our sponsors, vendors, tattoo artists, and band members who helped to make this event such a success. They helped provide such a fun place for the people in the community to come and join. For those of you who came to this year's event please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions for next year. We look forward to hearing your voices and it will truly help with planning for next year!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Emerald Arts Party

Get your Irish on at the Dublin Pub on Tue, Aug 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm to enjoy the creative songwriting and the Celtic musical energy of Dulahan while helping We Care Arts!

For your $25 ticket, you will enjoy drink specials and a delicious Irish buffet of heavy appetizers, and use your Irish luck to win one of our wonderful Silent Auction baskets! Make sure you mark your calendar for next Tuesday. It's in less than one week! This would be the perfect night to relax and enjoy drinks, appetizers, music, and a silent auction with others. Please share this with anyone you feel who may be interested.

For more information on how to buy tickets please click here: https://wecarearts.networkforgood.com/events/3304-we-care-arts-emerald-arts-party 
or call 937-252-3937


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Meet Another Family Member

Meet another member of our amazing We Care Arts family, Theresa Sauter. Our Mallory Holler felt blessed to have the opportunity to interview her on Monday and learn about her hobbies and interests as well as hearing her enthusiasm for spreading the word of We Care Arts and who we are.

Theresa Sauter spent all of her life here in the Dayton area. She has one older sister whom she is very close to. She attended Centerville High School and graduated in 2007. After that she went on to Sinclair Community College studying Liberal Arts. This was her choice of major because she had a dream of becoming a writer for the newspaper. Theresa enjoys engaging in all kinds of activities such as hanging out with friends, going to movies, shopping,  and going on picnics. She also truly enjoys scrapbooking and playing video games during her free time.

     Theresa first came to We Care Arts with her class at Centerville High School. Then she started coming through the Adult Transition Program through the school. Later she started coming to WCA regularly in June 2016.
Some of her favorite types of art to be involved with are pottery, clay, and painting. During her time here she learned to knit and one of her favorite projects so far was making scarves and purses. Her favorite thing about here is being able to be around all of her wonderful friends and the freedom to express her personality through art.

 Expressing her passion for being here, Theresa said, “We Care Arts is a great place to be and I would recommend this place to anyone because everyone is nice and you get to do things that you don’t normally get to do. We Care Arts helps me with motor skills, I love working with my hands.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Happy Friendship Day!

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World Friendship Day is coming up this month. Come join We Care Arts in showing how much we value friendship. It is this Sunday, August 6th. To us friendship is one of the most important aspects to our non-profit organization because if we didn't have any of the strong relationships and connections that we have with everyone then we wouldn't be who we are today.
According to friendshipday.org, "Human beings are social creatures and have always valued the importance of friends in their lives. To celebrate this noble feeling it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. Accordingly, first Sunday of August was declared as a holiday in the U.S. in honor of friends by a proclamation made by the U.S. Congress in 1935. Since then, World Friendship Day is being celebrated every year on the first Sunday in the month of August.
This beautiful idea of celebrating Friendship Day was joyfully accepted by several other countries across the world. And today, many countries including India, celebrate the first Sunday of August as Friendship Day every year. Celebrating Friendship Day in a traditional manner, people meet their friends and exchange cards and flowers to honor their friends. Lot many social and cultural organization too, celebrate the occasion and mark Friendship Day by hosting programs and get together."
First, we want to thank every one of you for your support to We Care Arts. Your friendship and support has helped us in being such a successful non-profit organization. THANKS! This gives us the opportunity to spread the friendship back to you and everyone we know. It is extremely apparent to see how much fun our clients and staff have together talking, laughing, and enjoying all kinds of arts/activities. We are able to interview our clients to write our biographies for the blog. One of the most common things shared is how much they love coming to We Care Arts because of their wonderful friends.HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY!!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun Filled Events and Artists

Are you excited to register for the 5k? If so please click on the link below to register and feel free to spread the word to your families and friends.

As a business, team, or individual, you can fund raise to assure that persons who are managing their behavioral health or with physical or developmental challenges have the support and encouragement they need to realize their personal potential. It’s easy to do! Set a goal for yourself or your running/strolling mates. For every $50 individually raised, your name will be entered for a fun prize!

The top individual fundraiser who raises at least an additional $250 will be invited to attend a Creative Juices class of their choice; top team that raises at least $1,000 will receive a Creative Juices class for up to 10 people; top business (employees run under the business name) will receive a plaque created by We Care Arts participants, suitable for display, and a shout out on social media and our web site! 
In addition to the 5k being on August 5th don't forget about our fun filled Arts and Drafts event that evening we truly hope to see you there!

Image result for ink masters logoWe also have some awesome Tattoo Artists who will be ready to welcome you in to the "Ink Club". There will be four Ink Masters Tattoo Artists at the event:  Ryan Hadley, Kyle Dunbar, Dave Clarke and Robby Rippoll. 
Do you enjoy watching their TV show? This will be the perfect oppurtunity to come meet them and get a tattoo from them!

Please join us in giving a big thank you to major sponsors who donated their time and money to our event so we can all come together to make a difference in our community. 

As always please feel free to share our events on your news feed on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram. Thank you so much for all of your support! None of this could be possible without all you have done!

Monday, July 10, 2017

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

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Please join us in celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness this month. We Care Arts encourages all of you to reach out to individuals in our community to provide equal access to treatment and services to individuals no matter their culture, background, race, gender, or identity. During National Minority Mental Health Month, help raise awareness in your organization or community. Encourage your family, friends, loved ones and clients to learn more about improving mental health and illness.Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Furthermore, mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.

It's time to do your part! Help us spread the word by showing  that you're #IntoMentalHealth or by visiting the NAMI website to learn how to get involved. https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/July-2017/Getting-Involved-with-Minority-Mental-Health

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Come support We Care Arts at Chipotle

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Have you thought about your place for eating out next week? Please join We Care Arts at our next fundraiser at Chipotle on Far Hills. The fundraiser will be held on Tuesday July 11th from 5pm-9pm. This is a perfect time to invite as many people as possible, such as friends and family, to enjoy a delicious dinner after a long day of business. Also please join us in giving a big THANK YOU to Chipotle for supporting WCA and their kind gift of donating 200 coupons which will be included in the goody bags during our upcoming 5k Run, Stroll, and Roll on August 5th, 2017.

50% of the profit made during that time will be given to We Care Arts to support our programs and upcoming events. Please note that if you’re going to support WCA you must do one of the following; bring the flyer specific to this fundraiser with you to show the cashier, show a picture of the flyer on your phone to the cashier, or simply tell the cashier you are there to support We Care Arts. Please join us in spreading the word to as many people as possible. This will truly support WCA in many ways. We also have the fundraiser posted on the We Care Arts Facebook and Twitter pages so make sure you follow us and share with all of your friends. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Let's celebrate Deaf-Blind Awareness Week!

The National Family Association states on their website (http://nfadb.org/) that as a result of a Presidential Proclamation made by Ronald Reagan in 1984, the last week of June has been designated as HELEN KELLER DEAF BLIND AWARENESS WEEK. The Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) is one of the major associations that celebrates Deaf-Blindness Awareness week and encourages as many people as possible to raise awareness of the impact Deaf-Blindness has had on individuals and their families.We encourage you to celebrate Deaf-Blind awareness week. It's really important to make sure everyone around us knows that people who are Deaf Blind CAN be fully active and incorporated in our community no matter what their barriers are just like all people with disabilities.

One of the many important aspects to focus on during this time is making sure everyone is aware of the many different types of individuals who are Deaf-Blind and how they can be affected at any level ranging from mild to severe. We must be prepared and open minded to what people think and to know that every individual is different. Keeping this in mind is also very important among employers when making accommodations in the work place. The national organization of nurses with disabilities (http://www.nond.org/Trending/files/ddbcce7883c87af979708c5b88a92265-23.html) states the following. When you think of an individual who is deaf-blind (also known as deaf-blindness, blind-deaf, or combined vision and hearing loss), do you think of someone who is fully deaf and fully blind? Helen Keller might be an important historical figure that comes to mind. In reality, while there are individuals who are fully deaf and fully blind, many people who are deaf-blind have some usable vision and hearing. For example, some individuals may have grown up with some degree of vision loss and experienced a change in their hearing later in life, or vice versa. Other individuals may have been born with mild to moderate deficits in both vision and hearing. Others may have experienced trauma or illness at some point in their lives that resulted in both vision and hearing loss while older adults are likely to experience age-related vision and hearing impairments.

Workplace accommodation needs for deaf-blind employees will depend on the setting in which individuals will be working, their specific job tasks, and their unique hearing and vision needs. Typical concerns may include: equal access to information presented in meetings and trainings, effective workplace communication, access to printed materials, computer access, and emergency preparedness. Job seekers and employees who are deaf-blind are likely to be very knowledgeable about their accommodation needs, especially equipment and techniques that have served them well in other settings. Employers should be prepared to work with the individual, and likewise, individuals should be open to discussing their own ideas as well as effective alternatives. Remember that accommodations may be needed to allow effective communication during this process. Many helpful resources are available to assist in determining effective accommodation including: medical providers, vocational rehabilitation and other state agencies, and assistive technology projects.

Secondly we want people to be aware of the alternative ways of communication that work for individuals who are Deaf blind. Communication in the work place will vary from person to person based on their needs. Never be afraid to ask a person you meet who is Deaf Blind what they need to communicate in order to help them to accomplish their goals. According to https://www.sense.org.uk/content/communicating-people-who-are-deafblind. Good communication is crucial to our relationships and membership of social groups for them to be satisfying and meaningful.

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A person, who is deaf blind or has sensory impairments, depends on communication that is clear, concise and accessible for a good quality of life. They may face great difficulty in knowing for certain what is happening around them or in communicating with those they meet.
Deaf blind people use many different methods of communication. The method, or methods used will depend on the amount of residual sight and hearing and any additional disabilities the individual has. It will also depend on whether the individual has learned formal language before becoming deaf blind. It is important to remember that communication often requires a great deal of concentration and effort for a person who is deaf blind and can be tiring for them. The environment, such as lighting and background noise, should be considered to assist those with sight and hearing impairments. A person’s communication methods and needs vary enormously - and these may change during their life.

As a person who is Deaf Blind myself I want to encourage you to take this opportunity to spread awareness of Deaf-Blindness in any way you can.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Arts and Drafts 5K and Fest

This week we wanted to make sure you know all the details about our exciting upcoming events on August 5th. We also want to share who all is sponsoring this event and who will be involved so we can honor them and give them a big THANK YOU. 

The 5th annual Arts and Drafts Community Festival takes place on Saturday August 5th and brings together live bands, food trucks and craft beers, plus an art auction and on-site tattooing provided by nationally renowned tattoo artists including Ink Masters’  Ryan Hadley. The festival is sponsored by Kettering Health Network and Hollywood Gaming, a sponsor for the second year. Both the festival and the 5K run that morning are held to support the many programs of We Care Arts.

Food trucks Zombie Dogz and Wicked ‘Wich, will be at the festival, along with Toxic Brew and their craft beers, plus Heidelburg, and BJ’s Brew House with their wonderful root beer floats.Rocking the stage throughout the event will be live bands The Pocket Rockets, Mavis Pearly, Toni Hates Jazz, Paige Beller, Anew to Wander, Wasted Potential and Chris Heider. The art auction is comprised of pieces created by nationally renowned tattoo artists and this year’s art auction theme is “War of the Roses.” The on-site tattooing will be provided by nationally renowned tattoo artists.  And the kids will want to get their faces painted with our many cool designs!

Our local community of tattoo artists want to give back to the community, so we hold this festival and they donate the tattooing proceeds to We Care Arts.They can sympathize with the struggles that life holds for people with disabilities, since the tattoo artists grew up wanting a professional career in art and people didn’t understand that desire and so treated them differently.

The fun will be in the We Care Arts back parking lot at 3035 Wilmington Pike on August 5 and begins at 2pm. A portion of the proceeds from the tattooing, art auction, and food and beverages will be donated to We Care Arts and the bands are donating their time and talent.

The 5K run to support We Care Arts, called “Run, Stroll and Roll”, will be held that same morning at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering and is sponsored by Bockrath Flooring and Rugs and Cargill. 

A “Fun Run” will also be held at the park for those who enjoy a more leisurely activity. All participants in either run will be awarded a unique hand-made ceramic medallion created by our We care Arts' artists, along with other goodies!

We want to thank all of the other organizations that have made this run possible: 

-Runners Plus for goodies in our goodie bags for the runners
-Speakeasy Yoga for leading our pre-race stretches
-Key Sports for organizing our 5K run
-Dorothy Lane Market and Fresh Thyme for snacks to fuel our runners

 If you would like to register for the 5k please click here: http://5kartsanddrafts.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=7489

Also please feel free to advertise this big day with anyone you know who would truly enjoy participating. You can share this by word of mouth or on social media. Again thank you so much for our sponsors and everyone who is helping make a difference in the community. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Art with Buddies Program

Jessie, one of our teachers here at We Care Arts, teaches “Arts with Buddies” every Saturday at the Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering. I had the privilege of sitting down with Jessie to learn more about this program and want to make sure you know about all the opportunities WCA has to offer both on site and off site. She has been teaching the class for about 1 1/2 years. The class is for children ages 3-6 with autism and the parents also stay and participate with their child. The class lasts about 6-8 weeks. When one class ends a new one begins. During the class students participate in various art projects every week such as making Valentine’s Day cards, painting bird houses, and making flower bowls out of clay using patterns. Jessie gets to know her students' interests and then picks out projects to match those interests.

We can definitely tell how much students enjoy coming to the program, especially because they love staying busy and interacting with others who have similar needs, abilities, and experiences. Jessie has received many positive comments from parents noting that they usually have to convince their child to participate in different activities, however they don’t have to convince them to come to this class because they are already motivated to participate.

Jessie finds teaching this class as something she truly loves doing because she loves playing and running around with children especially when they are hyperactive and having fun. She loves seeing students with a smile on their face as they play with playdough when they are finished with their projects because they finish their projects as different times so we always have things to keep them busy! She shared an amazing inspirational story that shows how much the students enjoy coming to this class. Jessie said, “Classes have about 4-5 students in them, and they all have their own long table to themselves. We were doing a project with markers on tin foil and they all came to one table on their own and started coloring together and sharing. Students come into the class really shy, or the complete opposite and scream the entire class. The more they come, the more they become relaxed and comfortable, which is a big deal for students with autism.”

The cost for this class is $35 for people who don’t live in Kettering and $30 for people who live in Kettering. This is the cost per child and parent together. If you are interested in learning more information or registering for this program please contact the Rosewood Art Center or look online at https://register.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/kettering.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=si&xxmod=AR&xxtype=YVART,YPART,YHUM&wbsi=si , or call (937)296-0294.