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Participant Best of All: Luke

Luke has been making strides in his sight-word reading with his tutor Marissa over the past two sessions of 1:1 Literacy Tutoring. Marissa collaborated with our Program and Volunteer Coordinator to create literacy instruction activities that center around movement and Luke's sporting interests. This connection has improved his attentiveness during...
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Participant Best of All:  Beatrix

Beatrix attended the Noon Year’s Eve Party with her family. When Lauren said hello to her, she looked her in the eyes and said ‘hi’ back right away. This special moment is an indicator of growth for Bea this “simple” interaction is really so much more! This event signifies Bea’s...
Caroline Archibald

Parent Perspective, What does GiGi’s mean to me?

Hi, my name is Becky Archibald. My husband Dave and I have a daughter named Caroline who is almost 2 1/2 years old. The first time that we went to GiGi’s was last year for cookies with Santa. I will never forget the first time that we went in. As...
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We Make the Change Together!

“When there is something you enjoy doing there is nothing more fun than sharing that love with others!” -GiGi’s Playhouse belief This is why we share GiGi’s mission to build a world that embraces Down syndrome and each person's strengths and uniqueness to truly CHANGE THE WORLD! Each of our...
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Sara was presented with the Generation G Award!

The Generation G Award is given to an individual or Playhouse who leverages Generation G to change the way the world views Down syndrome! Congrats Sara!!! These people are generous with their time and their heart and most importantly they are givers and achievers! The #GenerationG community will stand up...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Danielle

Volunteer Spotlight: Danielle is one of our Teen Tastic leaders who has taken charge of coordinating the weekly program. She comes prepared to each program and collaborates with other leaders to create age-appropriate activities based on the themes chosen by the group. This past week was an animal theme and...

Best of All: Ralph

Participant Best of All: Ralph (shown on the right) is a new participant to the Milwaukee Playhouse and has begun attending TeenTastic. TeenTastic focuses on building social skills with friends with and without Down syndrome by participating in team-based activities in a casual and fun setting. Skill development includes understanding...
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GiGi’s Playhouse National Leadership Conference

Earlier this month our Milwaukee team attended the Annual GiGi’s Playhouse National Leadership Conference, and we are motivated, excited, and equipped to CELEBRATE in 2023!! Get ready, Milwaukee!! Board member Erin Anderson was invited to present at the conference on successful grant writing and shared some of the successes that...
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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

As we close out October, we also come to the end of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This month can be complicated for many. Especially those that are down in the weeds dealing with health issues, behavior issues, and all of the other stuff. Why should we celebrate Down syndrome? Well,...
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Why does Aniya like GiGiFIT?

"I like GiGiFit Adult because it is fun and challenges me," said Anaiya. She worked her way through an obstacle course while trying new movements and challenges. When she finished, she worked out using a jump rope and laughed with her friends. This Fitness program is designed to support the...
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Welcome to the Team Lauren!

Welcome, Lauren! Lauren is a recent UW-Milwaukee graduate that is joining the Milwaukee GiGi's Playhouse as a full-time Program and Volunteer Coordinator. Lauren will put her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Advertisement, and Media Studies to good use by overseeing all of the volunteers and the academic, social, and therapeutic...
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4th graders are changing the world

Stormonth Elementary’s 4th graders are changing the way the world views Down syndrome. They have taken the #GenerationG pledge, learned about acceptance, and inclusion, and are living these lessons every day! Each student walks a 5K and is raising money to support our GiGi’s which provides FREE educational, therapeutic and...