An Abundance of Activities at Stepping Stones

June 9th, 2015

Stepping Stones students and staff had a fun-filled schedule throughout the winter and spring, participating in memorable experiences and activities from Valentine’s Day festivities to Easter activities to a trip to the Turtle Back Zoo.

In February, the Paper Mill Playhouse Youth Troop visited Stepping Stones to put on a production of Peter Pan.  The children loved seeing the classic book brought to life.  In the true Valentine’s Day spirit, students exchanged Valentine cards and had a special holiday lunch of heart-shaped pancakes or English muffin pizzas.

A few weeks later, in early March, Stepping Stones hosted members of The Arc of Essex County’s staff and Stepping Stones family members for Read Across America. Visitors enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss books and family favorites to the students. The students enjoyed a very suitable lunch of “green eggs and ham,” in honor of the Dr. Seuss book by the same name.

On March 9, students and staff went on a field trip to St. Barnabus Hospital. Hospital staff provided the students with an educational tour of the hospital with the goal of students becoming more familiar with the medical setting and easing any fears of being admitted into a hospital. The children had the opportunity to wear ID bracelets, look at x-rays, and give a doll an immunization shot and a band-aid.

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, on March 21, the children wore socks with crazy designs to emphasize having fun and embracing unique qualities.  Several days later, to celebrate Easter, the students dyed eggs and had an Easter egg relay race. Another day of fun attire, Pajama Day, was a crowd favorite. The students had a cozy Friday wearing their pajamas to school. Many children sported movie-themed pajamas, such as Disney’s Frozen, as well as a variety of superhero characters.

On May 4, Stepping Stones students and staff attended the 2015 Elks Friendship Festival. This event was hosted by the North and East Central District Special Children’s Committees of the New Jersey Elks and Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo. Some of the children’s favorite exhibits were the bears, wolves, bird aviary, and the petting zoo. In addition to gazing at the animals, the group enjoyed clowns, face painters, games, music, lunch, and had a class photo taken.

Stay tuned to The Arc of Essex County’s Facebook page for more updates about Stepping Stones activities and trips!