GiGi U is making an impact

Our GiGi U program has been running strong for one year. Erin Hickman, our GiGi U Coordinator, has been working hard to insure that our students are growing and getting ready for the “real” world. Enjoy a writing from one of our GiGi U students, Dylan.

“My name is Dylan Miller.  I have been in GiGi U since February 2016!  I have learned many things while I have been here.    GiGi U has taught me how to have fun!  I have made new friends and get to go to awesome places with them.  Some of my favoritee places have been the Police Station, bowling, and Barnes and Noble.

The Police station was fun.  I got to take inventory of their supply closet.  They had coats, helmets, guns, handcuffs, and shields.    I got to try on the coat and watched my friend handcuff herself!

Bowling was fun!  John came and we were on the same team.  We scored more points than the women.  It was fun to hang out and bowl.

Barnes and Noble is my favorite place.   I was excited to volunteer there.  While I was there I got to sort magazines and work behind the counter, helping a nice girl with purchases.

I like all the things we do to volunteer.  Right now we are collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House and we are having a pancake breakfast.   Everyone should donate and come to the breakfast!

GiGi U and Miss Erin are awesome! ”

GiGi U will be starting a new session in the fall of 2017. Please contact Erin at 815-654-7529, Ext. 212 for more information.

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I’m home!!!

This is about Gerry, who had Math and Literacy tutoring sessions back to back at the Playhouse. This is what Gerry’s mom wrote on the tutoring evaluation forms. Gerry has improved enormously in this tutoring session!  He can count independently up to 40.  His recognition of the numbers 1-20 is nearly perfect.  Concrete understanding of… Continue Reading

GiGi’s and My Community

I love wearing anything with GiGi’s name on it and people always stop me to ask if I work there. Yesterday, while voting, one of the volunteers asked me how I knew about GiGi’s. When I told her I worked there, she told me she knows one of our families and loves what GiGi’s is… Continue Reading

A Few Words from a GiGi’s Mom

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Penny’s Blog

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A Community Filled with HOPE

Last weekend was our Playhouse’s magical gala. This gala is a representation of what a community is all about. First, let me give you the definition of what community means: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common; a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result… Continue Reading

Bigger. Better. Stronger Together

I love to visit schools to present to them the opportunity to open their hearts and minds and fall in love with GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford. This past November, i was invited to speak at one our participant’s, Khali, school. It is a grade school for 4th and 5th graders. I planned on presenting my power… Continue Reading

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