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Hook, Line, and Sinker: New Hope Ministries 11th Annual Fishing Banquet
The When, Where, and WhyOn Saturday July 13th at 6pm, New Hope Ministries will be hosting their 11th Annual Fishing Banquet. The banquet will be held in New Hope’s event center, located at 7675 Davis Blvd. Naples, Florida, with doors opening at 5pm. Tickets are available now and the low price of $20 will buy you the best BBQ dinner you will ever have, along with drinks and entries into the raffle drawings. In total, there will be over 100 prizes given away and at the end of the evening, there will be a live auction you won’t want to miss! To give you an idea of what you can win, raffle prizes will consist of charter trips, fishing accessories, boat accessories and even more gear from Bass Pro Shops. But that’s not all! At the end of the evening they will announce the grand prize winner, who will receive is a boat, complete with a motor and trailer! So how can you go wrong? As for the auction, their will be roughly 20 items open for bids throughout the night. In past years, they have auctioned off trips, lunch with Fishing Pro Roland Martin, jet ski rentals and more. Auctions can always be fun and exciting and add a little extra flare to any event. What makes this particular auction all the more exhilarating, is that all funds raised will go directly to next year’s Night to Shine event! For those who don’t know, Night to Shine is a prom night sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, open to everyone ages 14+ who have any kind of special needs. Dreamscape Foundation was lucky enough to team up and take part in last year’s event. Our whole team was blown away at the amazing job New Hope Ministries did and even more so from the look of genuine happiness on the face of everyone in attendance. What makes it a night like no other is that New Hope Ministries isn’t alone in going above and beyond. On the same night, over 655 locations in all 50 states and 24 countries around the world, give the special needs community their time to shine! To show how deeply they care for their community, the folks at New Hope Ministries began hosting this event 11 years ago, as a way to bring people together and give back to the community. The event is not to be confused with a fundraiser but instead a way to say thank you. It is always a phenomenal time and if you don’t believe me, just ask one of the 700+ people who attended last year! For more information, you can contact the office of New Hope Ministries by calling (239)348-0122 or messaging them online. We hope to see you all there!! « PreviousNext »
Dreamscape Works With Louisiana Elementary School To Create A Sensory Room
A Classroom Not Meant for LearningWhispering Forest is in the process of designing and implementing a complete sensory room. This room will be unlike any other accommodation they have to offer. Fit for any need, a sensory room is a therapeutic space with a variety of equipment that provides students with special needs a personalized sensory input; to help them calm and focus themselves so they can be better prepared for learning and interacting with others. “Its very hard to explain what the room is and how it works and how it benefits people, without seeing it and experiencing it”, stressed Whispering Forest teacher Peyton Capretto. At first glance it is common the room will be mistaken as a play area. I mean, what kids wouldn’t love diving into a crash pad or jumping on a waterbed? But for children with sensory, mental, and behavioral disabilities, these activities are equally as therapeutic as they are enjoyable. Many children with autism, sensory processing disorder, and other disabilities can experience a sensory overload. A sensory overload is an episode where the five senses take in more than the brain can process. These episodes can happen at anytime, even something as simple as multiple conversations or bright flashing lights can cause an episode. For young children this can be an extremely frightening experience. That is why a safe, conducive environment can play a major role in working through it and preparing for future incidents. Now this room wouldn’t just aid in calming and helping students suffering from sensory overloads. These rooms are also a great way to help children with special needs put themselves in the proper mindset for learning. Students in the Pre-K to 3rd grade levels don’t always focus and pay attention in the classroom. When you can get the students in the right mindset, they will keep focus and increase the effectiveness of each lesson. Sometimes kids just need to blow off steam and get out some energy/anxiety. When children enjoy the learning process, they are more likely to succeed. More so, they are less likely to act up. Bored students become disruptive students, even when they don’t mean to be. This says nothing about the true character of that student, but kids will be kids. It is important to remember and embrace that fact. Allowing small freedoms in a controlled environment where they can throw objects or run and dive into pillows can be all a wild child needs sometimes.
The Sensory Room DécorWhere many sensory rooms have similar objects and equipment, each is unique in its own way. The design at Whispering Forest was strategically planned to have a sensory input for every child’s needs. So what will their room consist of, you might ask? We start with the needs of the students and what would help them best calm themselves and prepare for learning. These needs can range across multiple senses from visual, to sound, and lastly physical. For the visual aids, Whispering Forest plans to implement multiple acrylic mirrors, 2 interactive bubble tubes, and a number of effects projectors. All of which hold a therapeutic purpose. Sound can have a major impact on people with special needs or sensory disabilities. In the sensory room, calming and peaceful sounds/music are all around. Through multiple stereos, sound systems, and speakers, children can listen to sounds of nature, or light calming music depending on what they react to. But that’s not all. In addition, a vibroacoustic platform will be installed which not only plays music but will vibrate in accordance with the beat. Lastly, for physical accommodations. There will be a waterbed surrounded by crash pads and floor mats for the students to lay on and jump into. All these accommodations sound like great fun and excitement, but their true nature is shown when they are seen in action. The impact they can have on an upset child is unlike any other option a school can offer.
Dreamscape’s First Efforts of SupportRecently, on Saturday June 1st, the Dreamscape Foundation teamed up with Twitch Streamer: PaintWithJade, to host a 12 hour charity stream event. But for Jade that wasn’t enough. She decided to continue on and dedicated her following 2 streams towards the campaign as well. As we are still wrapping up the final details and preparing for the raffle prize drawing, we anticipate that through Jade’s efforts, $800-$900 will be contributed towards the school’s fundraising goal of just over $11,400. While we still have a ways to go, this truly was an incredible first step towards helping hundreds of children get the most out of their education. Our next event is still to be determined, but rest assured, there is still more to come! Lastly, all of us at the Dreamscape Foundation and Whispering Forest would like to thank Jade for her efforts and support! For more information on Whispering Forest’s campaign and how to get involved, please feel free to give us a call: (239) 325-1881 or send us an email: email@example.com. « PreviousNext »
Jade Brings a New Creative Style to Dreamscape’s Next Charity Stream
Jade (PaintWithJade) for a 12-hour long stream, to raise money for the young students at Whispering Forest Elementary. From 10am-10pm, Jade will be demonstrating her true talents on the canvas. Just coming off her first ever showing in a gallery, she is excited to create a piece with a deep level of meaning. To Jade, “it always feels good as an artist when you are able to create something that represents something or has a greater meaning to it.” Continue reading « PreviousNext »
Sports Programs for Children with Disabilities
National Federation of State High School Associations, they explain how in 2013 the Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter spelling out the legal duty all federally funded schools had to provide accessible recreational sports programs to children with all types of disabilities. Making a huge stride to assure no child is left out again.