Posted on September 15, 2016. Category:
A benefit for Waterford Country School
Our 2016 tournament in memory of Gary ‘Mr. Six’ Saunders is Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Great Neck Country Club located at 28 Lamphere Road in Waterford, CT.
Check in and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. A steak and lobster dinner will follow a great day of golf.
To register as a player, sponsor or donate a raffle item, or if you need additional additional information, please call the Development Office at Waterford Country School, (860) 442-9454 x105.
Posted on July 8, 2016. Category: WCS News
Before he could get a word out, one graduating Senior, started by warning the audience “This is emotional for me…” Looking around the gymnasium filled with Waterford Country School staff, families, kids, founding family members, caregivers, special advocates, DCF workers, foster families and friends…it was obviously emotional for everyone. Not a dry eye in the room.
What do you say about kids who come to a special school with incredibly tough backgrounds, both personally and academically? What do you do when you realize without this little school with about 70 kids nestled in the woods of Quaker Hill, these 3 young adults would not be holding diplomas and moving on into young adulthood with success? You find yourself getting emotional. The Director of the WCS Residential Treatment Program, Emily Thomson says, “It’s pretty remarkable…coming in, you see a child who doesn’t want to be here…and you get to watch them grow right before your eyes.” On June 16th, awards were handed out for achievement in the lower school, 8th grade graduates were recognized and the 3 high school graduates received their diplomas. You could see how proud they were and how close they had become as a group as younger children hugged and congratulated their older peers.
The beaming smile that never left graduating Senior Magan Alejandro’s face all through the procession, ceremony and picture-taking says it all. “Magan is incredibly resilient, she is a young lady now, she advocates for herself, she knows what she wants and she’s going after it.” From her time in the WCS Residential program to the Therapeutic Foster Care Program and her year with us at the Special Education Progam…”She’s a success story. We hope she comes back in a few years and speaks to our kids.”
On hand to watch Magan and the other graduates were her mom, foster parents, DCF worker, a CT judge and founding family member Herb Schacht (at 93 years young!). She invited everyone who played a part in her arrival at this momentous day…and they came. Over 250 people came to give testimony to the work that WCS endeavors to do. Shaking hands with WCS Executive Director, Bill Martin, to receive her diploma you could hear Magan exhale excitedly, “We did it!” To which he replied “No…you did it.” Our deepest congratulations to the 3 graduating Seniors. We are so proud of who you are and how far you have come.
“This day shows the spirit of Waterford Country School, that we CAN help kids.”
For more information about the WCS Special Education Program visit this page.
Posted on June 23, 2016. Category: WCS News
Salsa, Bachata, Rumba, Cha Cha….a new dance program is coming to WCS! Thanks to the collaboration of Aracelis Vazquez Haye and Sue Sullivan (WCS Spiritual Life Team) and Jessica Megargle from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Niantic…this summer WCS girls and staff will get to experience ballroom dance. Jessica really wanted to use her dance studio to support and enrich the lives of WCS staff and youth. After finding that funding was an issue, Jessica planned a fundraising dance-a-thon and raised over $2000 to bring a dance program to WCS. The dance program runs July 11-August 15 at the dance studio. We are so excited to add Jessica and the dance studio to our community partnerships!
Posted on June 16, 2016. Category:
Celebrate the achievements of our children on this special day. End of the year awards will be given out as well as diplomas for graduating Seniors.
Posted on May 6, 2016. Category: WCS News
Waterford Country School has adopted the 5210 Let’s Go! Wellness Model to create an atmosphere of healthy living here on our campus and throughout our programs. It’s simple and effective. The changes were made from our residential halls to cafeteria to meeting rooms. We love spurring each other on and being a good example for healthy living for our kids. We are excited to introduce our newest 5210 spokesman who has wholeheartedly adopted our health model. Our very own WCS farm dog, Max. The winter took its toll on Max’s ability to shed his baby fat. His doctor said he needed to lose weight to live a long healthy life. So we put him on the 5210 plan and its working! All new WCS 5210 posters featuring Max are being put up around our campus programs. Since adopting the model in 2010 staff and kids have created 5210 bulletin boards, 5210 meals, 5210 projects and many stories are being shared about personal goals being met. We are so encouraged to stay on track!
The Health & Wellness Committee at Waterford Country School functions with the premise that health is not necessarily an end in itself but rather a means to a life that is meaningful from the individual’s perspective. The ultimate goal is to have an understanding of our own health needs and be an active participant in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While thinking what you can do to incorporate the 5210 model into your life, we hope you can enjoy some of the resources we have here: family open gym, our fitness room, multiple walking trails, and our fitness trail.
In May we have Mind, Body and Spirit events that continue through the month. From our walking challenge to healthy snack day, May is a great time to plan what we can do to promote a health filled lifestyle. Join Max and WCS and strive for the best each day!