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Jumpathon at Oaks Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Benefits Green Tree School & Services!

The Joint Will Be Jumping on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Green Tree School & Services is holding a Jumpathon on Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Oaks Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (122 Mill Road, Unit B-250, Oaks, Pennsylvania, 19456). This fun (d) raiser will provide an opportunity for the whole family to participate. Participants may jump high enough to dunk a basketball and always be assured of a soft landing. Participants may jump, bounce, flip and leap at this popular play and exercise center that is filled with trampolines. Best of all, Green Tree School & Services has formed teams that may be sponsored to help raise funds for those with unique challenges and abilities at GTSS. Those interested in coming out for the day to jump and have fun will also be contributing to GTSS through their entry fee. And guests are invited to come watch family members for free and will still be able to enjoy the activities.


Green Tree School & Services staff, students, supporters and friends may sign up today to participate. Jumpers are then encouraged to ask friends and family to sponsor their efforts. Click here to support the jumpers.

Check in is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will be an hour of jump time from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lunch and prizes follow from noon to 12:40 p.m. and guests will depart at that time. The cost to jump is $16.00, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. To make it easier on families, there will be free round trip transportation available from either Green Tree School & Services or 30th Street Station. Those taking the bus are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m.; the expected return time is 1:30 p.m. Learn more here and make plans right now to come out to jump, have fun, and help raise funds that will provide additional educational and therapeutic services at GTSS so that more children may achieve their full potential.

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Patricia Wellenbach

Green Tree School & Services’ CEO Patricia Wellenbach Invited to Participate in Philadelphia Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.

National Event Will Bring Together 10,000 Business Women in 43 States

Women looking for advice and to rub elbows with some of the top female executives in town need look no further than the upcoming Philadelphia Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday event taking place on March 30, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. --- 10:00 a.m. at Moore College of Art (20th Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103). Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions. Mentors will be selected on site. GTSS’ CEO Patricia Wellenbach is one of the mentors who will be on hand to guide attendees and offer advice in this “speed coaching” format.  

This is the second time this event is being held, and an impressive list of female business leaders will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice to attendees. This is a national event, occurring in 43 markets simultaneously, resulting in 8,600 women across America, from Albany to Hawaii being coached.

Learn more here and make a reservation soon. Questions: Contact Courtney Fail, Event Manager, at or 215-238-5111.



Youth Mental Health First Aid: Green Tree School & Services Partners with Healthy Minds Philly in June, 2015 for a Two-Day Conference

Green Tree School & Services is partnering with Healthy Minds Philly to host a training program designed to help family members in crisis. “Youth Mental Health First Aid” is scheduled in two half-day sessions on Wednesday, June 3rd and continues on Thursday, June 18th with both sessions from 1:00 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m. Attendees will receive a certificate indicating they completed the course and will be certified in “Youth Mental Health First Aid” if they attend both sessions. The program is open to the general public, interested professionals, parents and caregivers of children served by GTSS and staff. It will be held in Green Tree School & Services’ Conference Room.

According to, “Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.”

Please contact Karen Fisk, M.Ed., professional development coordinator at Green Tree School & Services to learn more and to register. She can be reached at 215.866-0200 ext. 220 or by writing

Past Events

Early Reach Initiative Parent Presentation presented by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Philadelphia at Green Tree School & Services

Early Reach Initiative Parent Presentation

On February 10th, 2015, Green Tree School & Services hosted an interactive Early Reach Initiative parent presentation by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of Philadelphia. Early Reach is an outreach initiative intended to promote successful outcomes for youth with disabilities by increasing awareness of OVR services and the benefits of early career planning. The purpose of this outreach is to connect with youth with disabilities early, beginning at age 14, so that they know more about OVR services and can better prepare for vocational choices and living independently.

These outreach services include information about  community resources, facilitating group information sessions, and individual consultations to  help youth with disabilities successfully navigate the transition from high school to employment or post-secondary education.  Attendees includedGTSS staff, students and parents. Please contact Jill Grossberg, OVR early reach coordinator, at (215) 560-4193 or via email at for more information on this initiative.


Philadelphia Flyers Assembly at Green Tree School & Services Educates and Entertains


(L-R) Philadelphia Flyers Fan Development staff member Jason Tempesta, GTSS paraprofessional educator in Autism Support, Jessica Hudson, GTSS students Amir Taylor- Thomas and Foxx Marion, GTSS physical education teacher Trish Morris, Flyer Fan Development staff member Tom Peffall, and (center/back) Philadelphia Flyer legend Bob “The Hound” Kelly.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Green Tree School & Services (GTSS) held a Philadelphia Flyers assembly in the gymnasium of the facility located at 1196 East Washington Lane in Philadelphia. The agency has been serving children with special needs since 1957. The assembly focused on the theme of teamwork and being safe when playing sports.  Flyers Ambassador of Hockey, Bob "The Hound" Kelly, was on hand to lead the assembly.  

Approximately 40 students from the Autism Support Program and Lower School were in attendance.  This was the first time the Philadelphia Flyers presented their School Assembly program to children with special needs. Jason Tempesta and Tom Peffall, members of the Philadelphia Flyers Fan Development staff, helped Bob Kelly educate students on using teamwork to achieve their goals in school, sports and at home.  Kelly also spoke with students about being safe when playing sports and taught them about the sport of hockey. The program included video highlights, teacher-student races, student equipment modeling, and more.

  Selected in 1970 by the Philadelphia Flyers, Bob Kelly was a left-winger who helped guide the Flyers to their two consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.  He scored the 1975 cup-winning goal.

Green Tree School & Services programs and services include a licensed Approved Private School, Outpatient Services, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services and School Therapeutic Services. It is located in historic West Oak Lane, but provides services throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. GTSS serves over 350 individuals per year with Autism Spectrum Disorders, those who are identified as Seriously Emotionally Disturbed, the Neurologically Impaired and others through its Behavioral Health Outpatient program. Please call (215) 866-0200 to learn more. Check out the photos from the event on Green Tree School & Services Facebook page.


Bob “The Hound” Kelly speaks to Green Tree School & Services students about hockey and teamwork as GTSS student John Paterson tries on the equipment, assisted by Philadelphia Flyers Fan Development staff member, Tom Peffall.



Holiday Season at Green Tree School & Services

It’s the holiday season at Green Tree School & Services, and students are involved in many projects that teach them a little about commerce and recycling, a lot about public service, and to think of those less fortunate during the holiday season.

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GTSS students have just begun a Winter Clothing Drive and a Feed the Community effort. The Upper School Juniors are collecting coats, jeans, sweaters, gloves, hats and scarves for those without these essentials in donations boxes located throughout the School. Those busy Upper School Juniors are also collecting nonperishable food to donate to shelters for those in need. This includes canned goods, boxed cereal, tea bags, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, rice, oatmeal, and baby food/formula.

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Jaylen helps out by taking the shoes and sneakers to the recyclers.

The Shoe Recycling Collection has been going on for a while now. All of these old shoes and sneakers are being recycled to make new athletic surfaces. As the photograph shows, the staff and students have been more than happy to participate!


Finally, GTSS math teacher Lauren Seder is once again working with Upper School students to bake pies from scratch just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Staff buys the pies (Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Souffle and Apple) and they taste quite as yummy as those shown made by last year’s class. This is the fifth year for this drive and all profits will benefit the GTSS’ activities fund, which will help cover the cost of student special events and trips.




(L-R) Rock Bottom King of Prussia general manager Garrett Coats, assistant manager Lauren Sigafoos and Chef Ted Whitaker.

Green Tree School & Services held a second fundraiser at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery at King of Prussia as they celebrated the tapping of their “Rocktoberfest” beer. Rock Bottom - King of Prussia donated $1.00 to GTSS for every Rocktoberfest beer that sold during the event. In addition, they donated money raised from the evening’s silent auction and a percentage of the proceeds on every Rocktoberfest pint purchased for six weeks beginning September 17, 2014. Many fun items were auctioned off including four club seats to a Sixers game, a signed Ryan Howard autographed baseball, a Rock Bottom prize bucket and more. There was a DJ, free appetizers and great Rock Bottom food, Rocktoberfest beer and many other selections.

Just under $1,400 was raised to help provide programs for those with unique challenges and abilities at GTSS.  Thanks to all who came out and supported GTSS.  It was a great event and the folks at Rock Bottom King of Prussia couldn't have been any nicer. 



AND GROSSES $225,000


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(L-R) Julia Harmelin, honoree Steve Harmelin, and CEO Trish Wellenbach at the Lasting Legacy Award Dinner.

The Lasting Legacy Award dinner was held on June 5, and left an indelible mark on all who attended. Over 300 people gathered to see honoree Stephen Harmelin of Dilworth Paxson receive the first Lasting Legacy Award and for Steve and his wife, Julia, to announce the creation of the Stephen and Julia Harmelin Fund for the Arts & Creative Expression at Green Tree School & Services.

After a brief cocktail party, guests were ushered into the gorgeous Union League of Philadelphia ballroom. A 56-page program and advertising book greeted guests at their tables. Alison Harmelin, Steve’s daughter and CBS News correspondent, served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and reporter Shirleen Allicot spoke and represented TV sponsor 6abc. Dinner chair and First Lady of Pennsylvania, Susan Corbett shared impressions about the school and the students and parents she met earlier in the evening and spoke about the importance of supporting special needs education. CEO Patricia Wellenbach thanked guests for coming and explained the genesis of the Lasting Legacy Award. Steve Harmelin was most gracious, witty and appreciative in his acceptance speech. An electrifying video tribute to Steve excited the audience, many of whom knew him but might not have known about all of his accomplishments over the years. A beautiful bowl made from a tree from Monticello presented as a gift to Steve charmed the audience, and a personalized item created by longtime editorial cartoonist formerly of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tony Auth, drew a laugh.

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But it was the surprise performance by GTSS student Dacia Clark-Nedd that drew the longest and most enthusiastic ovation from those in attendance. Her killer version of John Legend’s number one hit, “All of Me,” left most of the audience dabbing their eyes (and her first fan letter arrived at GTSS soon after). The money raised that night will go directly to the new Arts and Creative Expression Fund that benefits students just like Dacia.

Main Line Media News photographer Joan Bang attended the event to take photos for a future issue of “Main Line Times” and “Main Line Suburban Life," and 6abc recorded footage to show on their PHL17 10:00 p.m. news hosted by Shirleen Allicot. 6abc also showed the footage on their own newscast later that evening with Jim Gardner doing the voiceover for the story.

The announced gross of $225,000 was a great accomplishment for an inaugural year. Talk has already begun on what a future Lasting Legacy Award dinner might look like. Photos from the night will be available soon. Thanks to all who attended and supported the event.



The new campus of Green Tree School & Services

A new playground was constructed at Green Tree School & Services on May 15 in partnership with AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership and Keystone First.  Over 30 volunteers aided in construction of the playground which was funded by a grant through the Safe Playground Build initiative which aims to provide a place for children to engage in physical activities outdoors.

Construction began at 7:00 AM, ended around noon, and was followed by an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the playground soon after.  President of AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, Maria Pajil Battle opened the ceremony with remarks on the build.  Ellen Baker of Keystone First spoke briefly and was followed by Green Tree School & Services CEO Patricia Wellenbach, who thanked each partner organization for their generous support and involvement.  Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass commented next and thanked her husband, Scott, who took part in the build.  He is an employee of AmeriHealth Caritas.  State Representative Stephen Kinsey remarked on the importance of organizations such as GTSS in the community.  State Senator LeAnna Washington spoke about the significance of outdoor play spaces.  Henry Chou of MidAtlantic Color Graphics, a sponsor of the build, was also in attendance to lend his support.  All speakers and sponsors then cut the official ribbon along with two GTSS students, and the playground opened for business with over a dozen children from Green Tree School & Services playing on the  new equipment immediately after.

NewsWorks attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and snapped photos of the children playing along with an action shot of Patricia Wellenbach testing out the new slide.  They ran a story on the opening as did the Philadelphia Tribune, who sent a photographer to cover this fun event.  In addition, 6abc anchor/reporter Lisa Thomas-Lauryattended and did a terrific feature story on the opening of the playground. Thanks to the sponsors and supporters of this playground, children at Green Tree School & Services will have an outdoor place to play, learn and socialize for years to come.

More photos from this event on our Facebook page



(L-R) Robert, Steven, Lyle, Tyjon and Vernon prepare for a lesson in five-gallon drumming with Musicopia artist Leon Jordan, at right.

Green Tree School & Services Students beat on five-gallon bucket drums and played both well-known songs and made-up rhythms, during a Musicopia performance held on May 8, 2014. Family members, staff and other students gathered in the GTSS gymnasium for a toe-tapping performance which featured group and individual gallon bucket drumming as part of a musical residency program.

Led by Musicopia’s, Leon Jordan, who spearheads the Bucket Drumming Residency, over 20 students from Green Tree School & Services’ Autism Spectrum program, Upper School and Lower School played together and took turns playing solos for an enthusiastic and engaged audience of fellow students, staff and proud relatives of the performers. In addition to the GTSS students and Leon Jordan as conductor, the performance also featured bass guitar, saxophone, trumpet and traditional drumming.

The Bucket Drumming Residency aims to help students, “expand their musical knowledge and increase confidence.” Educational, exciting and highly interactive, Leon Jordan’s program teaches participants principles such as rhythm, meter, dynamics, and technique. Drummers are also introduced to more advanced concepts such as polyrhythms, division of meter and beat sub-division. Musicopia programming has been offered annually at Green Tree School & Services for the past four years and has a mission to “bring a vibrant combination of music performance and education to students.” Past Musicopia residencies have focused on vibrations, African Dancing and featured The Spice Route Group and Doc Robbins.

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