The Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education PTA could not hold its beloved annual holiday party last December due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but members still wanted students to have fun and celebrate. So SEPTA donated $5 for every student in Center for Special Services programs and enlisted the help of teachers. Teachers used the money to purchase items for seasonal activities and events in their classrooms, such as a pizza party, supplies for a new craft and fun sticker activity books.
SEPTA, which comprises families, teachers, administrators and classroom staff, is an organization that provides support to families of students with disabilities in the form of an annual back-to-school coffee, networking sessions and workshops on topics of interest to families. SWBOCES clinicians facilitated our most recent virtual workshop, which focused on anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, as well as mindfulness. Attendees learned what mindfulness is and took part in a breathing exercise.
“SEPTA strives to continue to serve as a partnership between families and educators, and a resource for families to find support, connect and learn,” said Anne Marie Cellante, a parent on the SEPTA Executive Board.
For more information about SEPTA, click on the Join SEPTA Today! quick link on the Center for Special Services website: https://specialservices.swboces.org/.