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GTSS Commencement Ceremony Scheduled for
June 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Six seniors will be feted on Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Green Tree School & Services. The students will be furthering their education at places like Empire Beauty School, Cheney University and Community College of Philadelphia. Two students have secured full-time employment.

The commencement speaker this year is Mike Sielski, award—winning sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mike Sielski

Mike has been a sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer for almost two years. He was voted the top sports columnist (in the over 175,000 circulation category) by the Associated Press Sports Editors. One of the columns submitted for consideration for this award was called “A Son’s Perfect Swing,” in which he chronicled his son Evan’s love for baseball, and Mike and his wife’s discovery that Evan was diagnosed with autism. Mike has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University where he won the award for top reporter in his graduating class, and has a BA degree in Communications and English from LaSalle University where he was class valedictorian.

Following the ceremony, these students and their loved ones will enjoy refreshments and conversation.

Past Events

basketball champs


Green Tree School & Services was down 1-0 in a best of three series against TCA-The County Alternative in the Alternative Basketball League playoff championship round.  What was worse, they then had to go on the road and win away before coming home and where they had to win again.  But that is exactly what they did by a final score of 56-45. Quadir scored 16 points, Jhamir had 13, Jair, 12, Josh, 10 and Doug had six. Coach Trish was unable to make the last game, but Coach Kelvin steered the ship home for a victory and the championship.  Congrats to theGreen Tree School & Services’ Cougars!




Jump-A-Thon at Oaks Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Raises $10,000 for Green Tree School & Services

Green Tree School & Services (GTSS) held a Jump-A-Thon on Saturday, April 18 at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Oaks, Pennsylvania.   This fun event provided an opportunity for the whole family to participate, including students, family members and staff.  The photographs really tell the story of the day.  Participants jumped, bounced, and flipped at this popular play and exercise center that is filled with trampolines to show their support for GTSS. After the jumping was over, participants and volunteers enjoyed lunch together. Just under 100 family and staff members jumped that day and 32 guests attended to cheer them on.

GTSS families and staff collected $10,000 in sponsorship – twice their original goal! Thanks to everyone who donated in support of the jumpers, as well as the event committee, including Emily Baker, Courtney Hahn, Karen Fisk, Joanna Hall, Michele Ciofalo, Terinae Holland, Courtney Ridley and Simon Kaufman, and to all the staff who came out and volunteered.  Special thanks to Erin Lopez and Shana Washington’s 9th grade class, who collected the most sponsorships and raised $2,020 to benefit educational and therapeutic services at GTSS!

View more photos of the event.




Student Performances Were Augmented by Art Project Displays Celebrating World Autism Awareness Month

talent show

Green Tree School & Services (GTSS) held its yearly Talent Show on Friday, April 10 before an enthusiastic audience comprised of fellow students, staff and parents. The program, under the creative direction of music therapist Lauren Gagliardi, MA, MT-BC, showcased the outstanding and diverse talent of GTSS students. The entertainment was nonstop for a full 90 minutes and the performers kept the audience engaged for the entire show. It is no surprise that it remains one of the most popular programs at GTSS. Green Tree staff started the ball rolling by dancing to this year’s ubiquitous hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk.”

talent show

There were singing and dancing student performances to follow, and a number of students demonstrated their flair for performing a good pop song. There was even a basketball dunking performance by Jair thrown in, as he showcased a variety of slam dunks as the audience reacted with “oohs” and “ahhs.” Another highlight was the performance by GTSS student Dacia, who performed an original composition on piano and vocals, “Why Can’t I Just Be Me?”

talent show april

In addition to the wonderful performances, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Month in April, GTSS students have been working on art projects under the direction of art teacher Zipora Schultz. They were on display at the Talent Show and provided a colorful, festive backdrop to the performances. The art will now be on display around GTSS for the duration of the month of April.

View more photos of the talent show.


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