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Green Tree School & Services 2015 Commencement

Mike Sielski

(L-R) COO Julie Alleman, Philadelphia inquirer sports columnist Mike Sielski,
and CEO Trish Wellenbach

Green Tree School & Services held its commencement ceremony on Thursday night, June 11 on the second floor atrium of the agency. GTSS seniors Shadean, Anthony, Sierra, Kyeesha, Krysta and Quadir all were in attendance to hear keynote speaker Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist, talk about the idiosyncrasies of raising his son, who is on the spectrum, and how everyone needs to overcome his or her own specific set of challenges. Scholarships were presented by lower school teacher Thomas Black and behavior manager Harry Michel to Kyeesha and Anthony, respectively. Board chair Lawrence Hall introduced valedictorian Anthony who gave a heartfelt speech in which he thanked his fellow graduates for their friendship and loyalty. Director of education Lisa Wood and education coordinator Renee Roff shared stories about how each graduate matured and developed during their stay at Green Tree. Diplomas were then presented to the graduates, and a celebratory reception was held for students, parents, guardians and loved ones.
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Move up day

Green Tree School & Services 2015 Move Up Ceremony

Seven students from Green Tree School & Services’ lower school celebrated “moving up” to the upper school in a ceremony held the morning of Friday, June 12 in the agency’s conference room. Juwan, Elijah, Taylor, Kysheem and Nate were in attendance for this ceremony and Steve and Jair will also be attending the upper school come this fall but were unable to attend. After a welcome by director of education Lisa Wood, lower school coordinator Aleasa Walker offered words of encouragement to the soon to be upper schoolers. Social studies and homeroom teacher Debby Weber offered farewell wishes to the group, telling each student how they had excelled in their own way and had prepared for their next steps. Each student was given carnations to present to loved ones in attendance who had helped and supported them along the way. In addition to family members and loved ones, some GTSS teachers were touched when they were also recipients of these special tokens of appreciation. Upper school student Douglas then spoke to the next class of seniors, offering sage advice sure to help them make this big transition. Afterwards, fellow students, teachers and parents and loved ones enjoyed refreshments together.
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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!

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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.

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