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Volunteer Spotlight – Megan and Sara

We love taking a moment to brag about all of our amazing volunteers! This spotlight features the fantastic duo of Megan and Sara, two Speech and Language Pathologists, who joined us several months ago as the new Co-Leads for Leaps & Bounds. They have implemented such amazing examples each month of what purposeful programming looks like…

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Congratulations, Sydney!

We are so proud of our intern, Sydney! She graduated from Cleveland State University this past month with her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences. She completed her internship in August, but continued volunteering much of her time during her fall semester to tutor, lead and assist programs, and help keep the Playhouse running. Check…

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Our Volunteer of the Year for 2018 is…

We are beyond grateful for the 120+ volunteers who gave of their time and energy at GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland this year. Thank you to everyone who came to our volunteer appreciation dinner! We are proud to announce our 2018 Volunteer of the Year! This deserving person has invested their days into this Playhouse and this…

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National Leadership Conference

Wow! What a week! Our Cleveland team had a productive conference learning, growing and collaborating with our GiGi’s network. We truly are #strongertogether! “The GiGi’s Playhouse Leadership Conference was amazing! 5 days, 56 GiGi’s Playhouse locations, 300 leaders, 80 sessions, 40 speakers, 2 countries and one unstoppable voice for Down syndrome! The energy was through the…

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Dana’s story

We are so thankful to bring you this incredible diagnosis story shared with us by one of our amazing mothers, Dana Carlisle. We hope this gives new parents that support and encouragement, as well as a reminder of what GiGi’s Playhouse means to so many. This is just one of the many stories shared by…

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Literacy Tutoring Program Success!

  The GiGi’s Playhouse Literacy Tutoring Program uses a methodology with documented success based on the research by professionals in the field. Trained tutors work at the level of the child, continually challenging and encouraging him/her while utilizing a combination of personalized sight word and project-based approaches with commercially developed programs, books, and online resources.…

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Reflections Through the Looking Glass…Ciara and Keller

We love the many unique ways our volunteers of all ages can become involved with GiGi’s Playhouse. Whether it’s serving on our new Generation G Youth Board, selling lemonade or being a peer mentor in one of our programs, we love the impact our youth can make at the Playhouse and in this community! Two…

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A Parent’s School Year Reflection…

It’s the end of May and we pause to reflect on another school year gone by. Another school year of learning, growth, IEP meetings, hard moments and incredible moments. One of our moms, Kim, shares her reflection. We have loved seeing how much Adalie has grown from August! “Today when I got Addie off the…

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volunteer spotlight – Abbey Vande Velde

We love showcasing our families and our volunteers here at GiGi’s Playhouse. We have countless volunteers who selflessly give of their time and their hearts to help us achieve our mission and help our participants and their families achieve their goals. Abbey Vande Velde is one of those amazing people. She joined our GiGi’s family…

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Reflections Through the Looking Glass … Love Wins

We are so proud of our improv group for showing up and giving their all during their practices leading up to the Brew Ha Ha and then battling nerves and getting up on stage and performing – amazingly, I might add! –  in front of hundreds of people! What we are incredibly proud of is…

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