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Horizon School in Livingston Holds Grand Opening for New Center for Literacy and Volunteerism

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Ribbon cutting included school officials, major sponsors, Mayor Stephen Santola and Deputy Mayor Rudy Fernandez
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LIVINGSTON, NJ- Horizon School staff and supporters as well as public officials were on hand this morning, Thursday, September 20, 2012, for the grand opening of the Horizon School’s new Center for Literacy and Volunteerism.  The Horizon School serves children with cerebral palsy and special needs.

After the school principal, Peggy Walsh, welcomed attendees to the event, Volunteer Coordinator Corry DeMarco spoke about what the center has to offer for children of special needs.

DeMarco explained that the new center carries a Dr. Seuss theme throughout and consists of student listening and computer stations, a living room made to resemble Cat and the Hat, and truffula trees from The Lorax

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According to DeMarco, there are over 1,500 books for students to read and borrow, as well as several other unique dynamics to tie into the Dr. Seuss theme such as eclectic furniture and several murals of popular Dr. Seuss characters. 

President and CEO Jim McCreath said that many aspects were added to the library to specifically help children with special needs.

“We have taken traditional books and connected them with technology, reinventing the library and special education,” McCreath said.

DeMarco added that many people were involved in the creation of the library.  She explained that therapists were consulted throughout construction to ensure that its elements would help students in the best way possible.

 “Students can act out their favorite books and we can edit the background,” DeMarco said in regards to the new green screen technology that allows students to become a character of a book, which is then recorded and played on a TV screen in the literacy center.

McCreath, Walsh and DeMarco emphasized the importance of the volunteers and sponsors that impacted the center. 

“With the help of the volunteers’ determination and hard work, we were able to create an amazing room for learning,” DeMarco said.  “Our volunteers have been responsible for creating the library and they will be running it.”

Companies that sponsored the project are the Summit Area Public Foundation, Wells Fargo, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation and Orange Orphan Society.

For more information about volunteering at Horizon School, please contact Corry DeMarco at cdemarco@cpnj.org.

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