RCS’ Fall Festival Raises $2,000

RCS Learning Center’s 6th Annual Fall Festival was another great success this year! Thanks to everyone’s support, we raised $2,000 to help purchase materials for our RCS School Store as part of our “Let’s Get to Work” Vocational Program. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of families and friends join us to celebrate and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Please visit our Facebook page for photos from the event!

A special thank you to our sponsors:

  • Next Step Living
  • Middlesex Savings Bank
  • SPaN
  • Kiwanis Club of Natick-MetroWest
  • Roman Music Therapy

We hope you can all join us next year for another wonderful festival!

 

In Focus with Martin Sheen Documentary Features RCS Learning Center

In February of 2013, RCS was proud to open our doors to a production team from In Focus with Martin Sheen. As a leader in the field of Autism, the producers of In Focus were interested in our approach toward successfully educating children with Autism and sharing our schools ’ uniquely intensive yet loving school program with the world.

The segment covers hot topic questions in the field of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, and features interviews of our President, Denise Rizzo; Daria Gere, a parent representative and Dr. Russell Maguire, a leading clinician in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, and professor and department chair of the reputable Behavior Analysis program at Simmons College. This is a tremendous accomplishment for RCS and we are so grateful to our staff, students, families and administration for working so hard to make a school that we are so proud of and others recognize for its success and innovation.

We are proud to officially share the In Focus documentary with you! Please enjoy and share with your family, friends and colleagues.

Staples Foundation Donates $5,000 to RCS’ Vocational Program

Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $5,000 to RCS Learning Center under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The funds from Staples Foundation will benefit the “Let’s Get to Work” Vocational Program at the Learning Center. This program provides students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities with the opportunity to explore and develop vocational competencies, independence, and job related skills. Specifically, the funds will help to purchase the equipment necessary to create a functioning “Copy Center” for the students to run at the school.

The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 non-profit organizations. “Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples is dedicated to providing education and job skills opportunities in communities where our customers and associates live and work with a primary focus on support disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development initiatives. Staples supports these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its global community and giving efforts, Staples has helped more than 6,500 organizations in local communities across 26 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

About RCS

RCS (Realizing Children’s Strengths) Learning Center is a private, non-profit day school for children ages 3-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Since opening in 2006, RCS’ mission has been to provide the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational services for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. We believe that every child has unique skills and we are dedicated to helping each child develop these skills and reach their full potential.

RCS Releases 2013-2014 School Year Calendar

2013-2014 School Calendar

1st Annual “A Toast to Progress” Raises $3,000 to Benefit RCS

On Friday, June 14th, over 90 guests joined us at The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick to celebrate the 1st Annual “A Toast to Progress” fundraising event. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, networking and an extensive raffle. Everyone also enjoyed hearing from RCS leadership, Denise Rizzo and Christina Boyd-Pickard, and shared in the exciting premiere of the corporate profile filmed back in February by In Focus by Martin Sheen. Daria Gere, parent of RCS student, Julian also shared her touching story about Julian, her family and their love for and success at RCS.
The evening was a wonderful time for reflection on the great accomplishments and successes of our students, our staff and our organization since opening in 2006, as well as a great time for all of us to look forward to RCS’ bright future. With the support of our wonderful sponsors, our guests and many others, the event raised almost $3,000 to directly benefit RCS Learning Center!
We cannot wait for the 2nd Annual “A Toast to Progress” in 2014 and hope to raise even more money and celebrate with more family and friends next year!

Stay tuned–photos from the evening will be posted shortly on our

RCS Staff Present Symposium at Two Major ABA Conferences

We’d like to take a moment to congratulate some of our staff members for their recent participation as presenters at the Massachusetts Applied Behavior Analysis Conference at Bentley University in April and the ABA International Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN in May.

Christina Boyd-Pickard, Director of RCS Learning Center, Elizabeth Kelsey, Assistant Director of RCS Learning Center, Colleen Yorlets, Assistant Director of RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, and Jackie Adams, Program Manager at RCS Learning Center joined thousands of other ABA professionals in the Midwest to present a symposium on “Organizational Behavior Management: Methods to Improve Staff Performance”. Allison Disch, Program Manager at RCS Learning Center and Christina Boyd-Pickard were also invited to ABA International in Minnesota to present a poster on “The Effects of Non-Contingent Access to Chewing Gum on the Frequency of Rumination in a Student With Autism”.

Congratulations on this great success–we are proud of your hard work and your great representation of RCS in the ABA community!

RCS Learning Center to hold 1st Annual “A Toast to Progress” on June 14th

Join us on Friday, June 14th from 6-9pm for the 1st Annual “A Toast to Progress” to benefit RCS Learning Center!

The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel, Natick, MA

Free entry; suggested minimum donation of $10 per person

Cash bar, light hor d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, networking

Live music by The Three Tops Jazz Band – www.threetopsjazz.com

*NEW* Don’t miss the premier showing of In Focus by Martin Sheen’s documentary on Autism, featuring RCS Learning Center!!

Please RSVP to Caroline Cooke at ccooke@rcslearning.org or 508-650-5940 x3071

Join Us in Thanking Our Sponsors:

Raffle Sponsor

Hospitality Sponsors

In Focus Films at RCS Learning Center

2013 – A few months ago the producers of the television show In Focus, which is hosted by Martin Sheen and airs following Frontline, approached Lou Ranieri and Denise Rizzo, founders of RCS, about an opportunity to participate in their current educational series focusing on educating children with Autism.

In recognizing RCS as a leader in the field of Autism, the producers of In Focus were interested in our approach toward successfully educating children with Autism and sharing our schools ’ uniquely intensive yet loving school program with the world. On February 28th, RCS opened our doors to the In Focus production team to film our school, staff and students at work.

The segment will be 3-5 minutes in length and cover hot topic questions in the field of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. It will feature interviews of our President, Denise Rizzo; Daria Gere, a parent representative and Dr. Russell Maguire, a leading clinician in the field who also participates on RCS’ research team. While the exact air date is yet to be determined it will be in approximately 3 months. We will keep you posted as we receive the official air date.

This is a tremendous accomplishment for RCS and we are so grateful to our staff, students, families and administration for working so hard to make a school that we are so proud of and others recognize for its success and innovation.

RCS Received Donation from Mutual One Bank’s Charitable Foundation

2012 – RCS received a donation from Mutual One Bank’s Charitable Foundation in the amount of $1,500 dollars as part of our first ever annual appeal. This money will go directly back to our school and students to fulfill our mission of providing the best services available to children with Autism.

RCS Awarded Staples Foundation Grant

2012– RCS Learning Center has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The grant will be used to provide our school with the resources necessary to continue to teach our students self-help skills and increase their overall independence.

The grants are part of a new philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,00o per organization.

In 2012, U.S. associates directed more than $1.4 million of Staples Foundation grants to 434 local non-profit organizations. The new program, called 2 Million and Change will award additional funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants for the year.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community relations for Staples, Inc. “Through our new program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”

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