We want to share our 2018-2019 Annual Report with our partners. Sometimes it’s amazing to step back and look at the impact that’s possible in a year. Behind every number, is a story of one of our students or clients reaching their full potential. Thank you for another great year! Download the report here.
Impacting NWA Through Volunteering & Networking Sunshine School's newest volunteer and networking group kicked off with a membership mixer at the end of September! 40 people were in attendance to learn more about the new Young Professionals Group, YPG for short. The group’s goal is to make an impact at Sunshine School by volunteering and fundraising, but also to make lasting connections through networking events. 15 members have already joined the mission of supporting Sunshine School by volunteering, fundraising, and advocating in the community. How to Join: You can join by visiting nwaSunshineSchool.org/ypg and
fill out a simple questionnaire then pay your $30 annual dues.
Prioritizing Disability Inclusion in NWA The Power of Inclusion Luncheon, presented by GSK Consumer Healthcare, was held on Thursday, October 10. We were encouraged to see a room full of Northwest Arkansas’ most powerful business leaders coming together to discuss business practices that directly impact the clients we serve at Sunshine School. Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer for Walmart U.S. moderated a panel discussion focused on disability inclusion in the workplace. Joining him were Lorenzo Claridy from GSK Consumer Healthcare, Becky Kekula from Disability:IN, Louis Martin from Coca-Cola, and Ashley Taylor from Acosta. Becky shared how the Disability Equality Index (DEI) can
Using the Sequential-Oral-Sensory Feeding Approach Did you know a wide variety of studies suggest that, on average, 20% or 1 in 5 children struggle with some type of feeding and/or growth issue during the first 5 years of life? These are the children we need to help identify and refer for therapy as soon as possible. Sunshine School is committed to offering the best programs we can to meet the needs of those children and families that are struggling. For many, feeding issues go far beyond “picky eating” and meal-time tantrums. Things like trauma, sensory processing disorders, and challenges with a child’s oral structures can leave families feeling desperate for intervention.
An Interview with Kaelie McDonald Kaelie McDonald is a volunteer in our Individual Volunteer Program. She’s been volunteering in our classrooms since December of last year. She currently dedicates 16 hours of her week to the students at Sunshine School! We asked her a few questions about her experience as a regular volunteer: What kinds of things do you get to do when you are volunteering? “While volunteering, I get to help the kids go to sleep at nap time, help them wash their hands before meals, etc. Most importantly though, I get to be a friend to all of the kids.” What is something you love about volunteering at Sunshine School? “Something I love about volunteering at Sunshine School is
As we approach the “Halloween” season, we are honored to get to share Thomas’ story. We have always joked that our son was named after superman – Thomas Clark Wilson. He was ‘Thomas Clark Kent’ for his first Halloween, prior to any medical issues, & he has truly lived up to the name. Thomas was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Epilepsy (Infantile Spasms) at 4 months old, which left him having over 100 seizures per day. Thomas started having low muscle tone & a regression in milestones. At 8 months old, he had a severe stroke (caused by blood clots from a seizure medication). Thomas started attending Sunshine School right before he turned 2 years old. He wasn’t walking, talking, or