Need after school care for my son!

Nathan’s long-time caregiver, friend and surrogate mother, Jennifer, will be moving to Auburn. Jennifer has cared for Nathan for most of the past 8-10 years or more. Jennifer and her boys are like family to us, and will be sorely missed.

I was able to locate replacement care for Nathan for the summer, but have found nothing yet for after school for the this fall.

Nathan is 18 years old, has Down Syndrome, and is a Senior this fall at Grissom High. He attends Project UP at Merrimack Hall, is a member of the Madison County Special Olympics Swim Team, participates in other Special Olympics activities and in Miracle League baseball. The current plan is for him to continue attending Grissom until he ages-out at 21.

This fall I need someone to pick up Nathan at Grissom High after school (~3:15P) and keep him, at your home, until I can pick him up (again, ~5:30P). Jennifer has been an aide in Nathan’s classroom the past couple of years, which was ideal. If any other parent or aide working in Nathan’s classroom or school would be willing to help I would greatly appreciate it. This would not necessarily need to be the same person every day of the week, as long as we could work out a predictable routine from week to week. If you’re willing to help any particular day of the week, I’m flexible.

I would not rule out help from certain high school students, either. I find the volunteers helping with the special needs classes at Merrimack Hall to be exceptional people, and I know they would work well with Nathan.

I am in dire need of help with Nathan, as school resumes this Tuesday August 5 (tomorrow). Please reply if you can help, or if you know someone who can.

Thank you,

Galen Zirnstein

C. S. Draper Laboratory

1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 225

Huntsville, AL 35806

256-895-8373 (direct number)

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Need summer and after school care for my son

At the end of this school year (the week of the Memorial Day holiday), Nathan’s long-time caregiver, friend and surrogate mother, Jennifer, will be moving to Auburn. Jennifer has cared for Nathan for most of the past 6 years or more. Jennifer and her boys are like family to us, and will be sorely missed.

Nathan is 17 years old, has Down Syndrome, and is a Junior at Grissom High. He is not quite old enough for programs available for ages 18+, but would still fit in well with these groups if an exception could be made. He attends Project UP at Merrimack Hall, is a member of the Madison County Special Olympics Swim Team, participates in other Special Olympics activities and in Miracle League. The current plan is for him to continue attending Grissom until he ages-out at 21.

This summer break will be 10 weeks long, and I’m looking for coverage from ~8A to ~5:30P (roughly 8 hours at work plus my travel time) Monday through Friday. Nathan will be away at camp the week of June 29 through July 4, so it’s actually 9 weeks. I prefer to bring Nathan to your home. Recent summers have been covered by one caregiver the entire week, but having different caregivers on different days could also work, especially if the schedule could be static from week to week (one caregiver on Monday and Tuesday, another on Wed. through Friday, week after week for example). If you’re willing to help, I’m flexible. Even if it would be less than a full day.

This coming fall I will need someone to pick up Nathan at Grissom High after school (~3:15P) and keep him until I can pick him up (again, ~5:30P). Jennifer has been an aide in Nathan’s classroom the past couple of years, which was ideal. If any other parent or aide working in Nathan’s classroom or school would be willing to help I would greatly appreciate it. Again, this would not necessarily need to be the same person every day of the week, as long as we could work out a predictable routine from week to week.

I would not rule out help from certain high school students, either. I find the volunteers helping with the special needs classes at Merrimack Hall to be exceptional people, and I know they would work well with Nathan.

I am in dire need of help with Nathan, and the end of May is rapidly approaching. Please reply if you can help, or if you know someone who can.

Thank you,

Galen Zirnstein

C. S. Draper Laboratory

1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 225

Huntsville, AL 35806

256-895-8373 (direct number)

gzirnstein

256-650-0456 (home)

Cut-A-Thon volunteers

We still need volunteers for Monday’s cut-a-thon if you are able to help. We can use another person for all of the time slots, but esp need someone from 12-1, 3-4, and if we end up needing to stay that long also 5-6.
Remember 100% of funds go to JSAP!!Email, text or call me if you have questions.
thx Linda

Here is the info about the event: It’s a "Hair Raising Event!"

To Benefit the Johnny Stallings Arts Program

Purchase a haircut from one of many well-known stylists from the Huntsville/Madison County area who are donating their services to The Johnny Stallings Arts Program!

All haircuts will be done at the following location:.

Salon Professional Academy 4925 University Drive, Suite 134

All appointments are for Monday, August 19, 2013, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Merrimack Hall staff will schedule your appointment – call 256-534-6455 any time after July 31 to schedule your individual appointment time. Cut and blow dry only – no color or other services available through this offer. Price: $40. Hair products also available for purchase with part of the proceeds to benefit the Johnny Stallings Arts Program!

Many thanks to Troy Nixon, Hair Artist for coordinating this effort and for donating his services. Also thank you to the staff at Salon Professional Academy for the use of his facility!

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Hair Raising Fundraiser Volunteers needed

You all got the email from Claire about the cut-a-thon fundraiser for JSAP — now I need volunteers to sign up to help with check in and clean up. This is a great fundraiser in that 100% of the funds go to JSAP!!

So just choose a time on the attached file and reply to all so that everyone will know what times slots still have a need.

If you know of someone who would offer to volunteer to help that would be great too…doesn’t have to be a JSAP parent anyone can join the fun!

Questions call, text, or email me.

Thanks, Linda

Claire’s email:

We have a great fundraiser coming up on Monday, August 19 that I wanted to make sure that you’re all aware of! A friend of ours has set up a cut-a-thon to benefit our programs! On Monday from 10a-4p some of the top stylists in the area will be offering haircuts for only $40, and the proceeds come back to our programs! To sign up, call us at (256) 534-6455 where you can purchase your spot and make your appointment! There’s limited space available, so sign up now while you can!

Not interested in getting a haircut, but still want to support the cause? Contact Linda Detweiler (momdetweiler) to ask about volunteering during the event to help with check in, clean up, etc.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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Calling all scarecrows!

Hello JSAP parents,
Anyone have the interest and time to take the lead and find a crew to do the entry to Botanical Garden’s

Scarecrow Trail for for Merrimack? I am already late in getting back to Melissa on this…She called me Friday to see if anyone could take the lead and do this and I have been soooo busy I just haven’t been able to sit down to the computer til now.

She just needs to know if someone will take the lead and find people to work on and get this done and Merrimack will register and pay for it. All the deadlines, dates and times for getting it ready and installed are in the attached flyer from Botanical Gardens and are all coming up quickly. I need to let her know ASAP….or if you are interested just email Melissa and cc me so I know she has been answered. I forwarded the info to you in this email so you would know what it is, but she asked us not to fill out forms or register – just let her know and she will register it. A PVC form for the scarecrow has to be picked up very soon so they need to know whether to have one reserved.

Melissa said she did this last year and it wasn’t hard or that time consuming, but thought some parents might come up with a cute idea for Merrimack.

thanks Linda

email, text or call me if you have questions. –or Melissa directly
Melissa 256-534-6455 Merrimack
Linda 503-989-8112 cell

Bon Voyage event

Invite all your friends and family to the Waiting on the World to Change Bon Voyage Party July 24 at 7:00pm at Merrimack Hall — a free performance fundraiser. JSAP kids who want to can come perform (contact Claire if your child can come perform) and show what this program represents – plus we want to have a full house of well-wishers to watch Project UP in their final rehearsal before departing for LA the performance of a lifetime.

Auction info I forgot to include …we need items to Merrimack by Tuesday (23rd) 10-5 or an email with description if flyer is needed to be displayed but please let Toni or me know as you get items to be donated. I have an official letter from Merrimack about auction donations if a business needs this. Let me know and I can email it to you. If you have any questions contact Linda Detweiler, momdetweiler troth2910 256-656-2910.

Cookies – still need people to help getting cookies and lemonade and tea for the event. If you can help with this please contact Londa Hladkey,lghladky or 256-694-6321.

and…

Remember if you know people who cannot come to the party you can ask for donations for this trip — they can be made payable to Merrimack Hall, earmarked for “National Dance Day Performance” and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made via cash, check, credit or debit card; pledges can be accepted but must be paid by August 15, 2013. The link below will take you to a donation page on Merrimack Hall’s web site where all money donated will be allocated to this trip. Or by calling Merrimack Hall at 256/534-6455 to make a donation over the phone, or mailing a check to Merrimack Hall at 3320 Triana Boulevard, Huntsville 35805. Receipts with information for tax filing will be provided when your donation is received.

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/MerrimackHallPerformingArtsCe/dizzyfeet.html

I would like to stress the importance that we need to blast this out to any and everyone we know that might give even $10 to help with the cost of the trip. If you want an email that is already written to use or edit into your own words to send to contacts just let me know and I will send you a sample email with all the info in it. We don’t have much time, but I believe the awesome JSAP family can and will do this!!!!

And here is a link to one of their early performances of "Waiting on the World to Change" that took place last January in Atlanta…note the resounding standing ovation! Come see the changes they have — it just keeps getting better and better every time they perform it!! http://youtu.be/TVVPwDiTGNY

Any questions just email or call Linda or Toni.

Thanks,

Linda Detweiler

momdetweiler

503-989-8112

Incredible News to Share & We Need You Help!!

Dear JSAP Parents:

VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ

What incredible news to share!!! Merrimack Hall’s very own Project Up/Element group in “Waiting on the World to Change” has been invited to dance on stage at the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s National Dance Day Celebration Gala in Los Angeles on July 27, 2013. They will share the stage with the American Ballet Theatre, the stars of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars,” Axis Dance Company and other of the world’s most talented dancers. In the audience will be luminaries in the dance world and entertainment industry. This performance opportunity is a game-changer for Merrimack Hall’s Johnny Stallings Arts Program and potentially for people with special needs everywhere. It is a chance to get the message that we are more alike than different and that a diagnosis doesn’t mean a person deserves any less!! That there is no such thing as “typical” and that programs like this one can and should be available everywhere!! Can you imagine if every child that wanted to be a part of a program like ours had that chance in every area of our nation and beyond!! This is a huge big step toward opening this idea up to the world!!

However, in order for this to happen we have to spread the word to our friends, family and co-workers because the only thing standing between Project UP and a standing ovation at The Music Center is money. Due to the last minute nature of this invitation, we do not have the budget to send 10 dancers, 3 teachers and 8 parents to Los Angeles for 4 days. We need to raise approximately $15,000.00 to give these kids their shot at this dream – and Debra and the staff a chance to show the world the beauty of this program! The staff has put so much into this program now we need to help them get this trip funded!!

As you know A Bon Voyage Party is being planned for July 24 at 7:00pm at Merrimack Hall and all JSAP kids who want to can come perform and show what this program represents – plus we want to have a full house of well-wishers to watch Project UP in their final rehearsal before departing for the performance of a lifetime. There is no admission charged for this event. So please invite all your family, friends and co-workers to come watch the kids perform!! Ask those who can to consider donating to this opportunity whether it is $10 or $1000 it will be hugely appreciated!

At the bon voyage party we will pass the hat as well as take donations by debit or credit card. Also we will do a silent auction. If you have or know of a company or individual who would contribute an auction item such as a service or merchandise, etc for this event please contact Linda Detweiler, momdetweiler 503-989-8112 or Toni Roth troth2910 256-656-2910. So far we have things like

**1 week at Seachase condominiums in Orange Beach

**2 $100 gift certificates to Merrimack Hall

**1 "goodie bag" with items collected in LA such as autographed playbills, swag from the VIP gift bags, Dizzy Feet **National Dance Day souvenir items – value – $150.00 or so

**5 pieces of the kids artwork

**Onstage seating for 4 and a private meet and greet with Dixie Longate at Dixie’s Tupperware Party in Jan 2014

**Starbucks goody basket

Or if you know people who cannot come to the party you can ask for donations for this trip — they can be made payable to Merrimack Hall, earmarked for “National Dance Day Performance” and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made via cash, check, credit or debit card; pledges can be accepted but must be paid by August 15, 2013. The link below will take you to a donation page on Merrimack Hall’s web site where all money donated will be allocated to this trip. Or by calling Merrimack Hall at 256/534-6455 to make a donation over the phone, or mailing a check to Merrimack Hall at 3320 Triana Boulevard, Huntsville 35805. Receipts with information for tax filing will be provided when your donation is received.

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/MerrimackHallPerformingArtsCe/dizzyfeet.html

How can you help

**Invite friends, family, co-workers to come to the bon voyage performance

**Ask people you know for donations for this incredible opportunity for our kids to take this message sharing trip! Send email to anyone you think might support this. Put it on your facebook page or other social networking sites.

**We need help with a silent auction items. If you have or know of a company or individual who would contribute an auction item for this event please contact Linda Detweiler, momdetweiler 503-989-8112 or Toni Roth, troth2910 256-656-2910.

**We need cookies for the event as well as lemonade and tea. If you can help with this please contact Londa Hladkey, lghladky or 256-694-6321 if you can help with this.

**Set-up/clean-up contact Joe Matus at jmatus4 or 256-684-2414

Your help with any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

Also, keep your eye open to the media as we are expecting great media coverage from the Times, local TV news, Huffington Post and possible HLN!

I would like to stress the importance that we need to blast this out to any and everyone we know that might give even $10 to help with the cost of the trip. Also, if anyone wants an email that is already written to use or edit into your own words to send to contacts just let me know and I will send you a sample email with all the info in it. We don’t have much time, but I believe the awesome JSAP family can and will do this!!!!

And here is a link to one of their early performances of "Waiting on the World to Change" that took place last January in Atlanta…note the resounding standing ovation! They have made some changes and it just keeps getting better and better every time they perform it!! http://youtu.be/TVVPwDiTGNY

Any questions just email or call Linda or Toni.

Thanks,

Linda Detweiler

momdetweiler

503-989-8112

Darby and Lexie

Forwarding this note from Debra about Darby and Lexi – 2 of our kiddos in Project UP. Please remember them in your prayers!!

No Panoply performance

JSAP parents and volunteers: our Panoply performance has been canceled due to the weather. Help us spread the word! Panoply has delayed opening until 1 pm and due to this, our performance slot has been cancelled. Please help spread the word!

Thanks, Linda & Merrimack Staff

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