Silver Lake Integrated Preschool
The Silver Lake Integrated Preschool (SLIP) Program at Kingston Elementary School provides an enriching preschool setting in which children with disabilities are included in a classroom with typically developing children.
The children with disabilities who participate in this type of program are provided with same age role models for language, fine and gross motor skills and behavior development. Inclusion is learning to live with one another, including those with special needs and varied limitations. The program has over 100 students enrolled, of which 75 percent receive some form of specialized educational/therapeutic services.
At this time the school did not have a playground capable of meeting the special needs of their students. Many of the children who are enrolled in this program have physical and cognitive challenges that make it difficult for them to maneuver through typical play structures. The children often have braces or adaptations to their shoes that make it difficult to access the current play structure on the property.
This deficit in the program is one of the main reasons that the preschool program has not been able to receive accreditation from the National Accreditation of Educational Programs for Young Children (NAEYC).
The Foundation gave a one-time gift to the program to help them retain their accreditation.
A Plymouth Elementary School
An elementary school in Plymouth with 235 students where the majority of the children are below poverty level and are cold and hungry: “Converse has donated boxes of sneakers for the children, but food is a still a huge issue. Although they get a breakfast and lunch at school, they are not provided with snacks from the school and most homes don’t have enough food on the weekends. The cafeteria manager said that Mondays are the worst, they come to school ravenous.”
The Foundation was able to provide the school funding for snacks at school and to be put in their backpacks for home and the weekends.