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Sneak Peek…2020

We are so excited to be planning 2020 that we just had to share some of the exciting new and/or renewed programs! (New Curriculum) GiGi Prep (18 years and up) All new partnership with St Ambrose University. This program will be held at the University and lead by OT instructors and students. (New) GiGiFIT  –…

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December 2019 Happenings

December 2019 Family Night (all ages) Join us for a fun night for families! GiGi’s is hosting a Family Night at the Moline Public Library and the theme will be Gingerbread! Come enjoy Gingerbread themed math and literacy activities. Click here to RSVP for December 5th 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Dance Me a Story (10-13…

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Staff, Board Members and Volunteers at National GiGi’s Conference

As many of you may know, earlier this month our staff, board members and a few committee related volunteers attended the National GiGi’s Conference in Schaumburg, IL. This conference is always inspirational and uplifting while also informative and innovative. We come back knowing more about the different platforms we use to do our day to…

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Local Volunteer Recognized Nationally

Heather Malli Honored by National Organization: Local Volunteer Recognized By National Office At International Conference November 9, 2019 (Moline IL): GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers announced 8 prestigious awards at its Annual International Leadership Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois on Saturday, November 9. Over 350 people from 60 GiGi’s Playhouse locations from around the country…

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Planning for 2020

As many of you know the Playhouse is 99% volunteer run and as we’re planning for the upcoming year we are finding ourselves needing to fill some specific volunteer roles. If you or anyone you know may be interested, attend an upcoming information session to learn more or use the contact information at the end…

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Behind the Scenes of Tutoring

Tutoring here at GiGi’s is more than just letters and numbers its about sounds and smiles too! Here is a behind the scenes peek into a literacy session where a student is learning phonics and the tutor is utilizing the platform Raising Robust Readers. Raising Robust Readers is a multi-sensory phonics reading program that we offer…

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November 2019 Happenings

November 2019 Book with a Buddy (all ages) Individuals of all ages can enjoy a Book with a Buddy! They will be paired with a buddy to be read to or they can read to their buddy. All participants will take home a book or two to enjoy later. Come when you can and leave…

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Through the Eyes of James

The Eyes of James If we could see the world through the eyes of James We’d realize his truth we are all the same Known only by our different names and his just so happens to be James No lies flow out from his mouth a hug and a smile is what he’s all about…

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Grateful and Blessed

Congratulations Team GiGi’s! WE are ALL a TEAM and a Family, and I am so grateful for that! As I ponder what I should share, I reflect on the past ten years of having our son, Jack, in our lives. First, I want to share that I am so grateful for JACK.  I always want…

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Thank you Superheroes!

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. You never really know when or where they might show up but one thing is for sure….the Quad Cities is FULL of them! Just last week we were witness to thousands of them. The last few weeks are a blur to us but a good blur. We had…

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