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CPNJ Positive Impact Award Winner

Coleen Johnson, one-on-one aide at CPNJ’s Horizon Elementary School, was recently selected as a recipient of the agency’s Positive Impact Award for her pursuit of caregiving and professionalism beyond the call of duty. Congratulations and thank you Coleen (left, seen here with award nominator and Horizon Elementary School teacher Dawn Heinen).

JUMPSTART’s Happy Buddhas

This week in JUMPSTART! (Early Intervention Therapeutic Play Group) our pint-sized guests practiced stretching, strengthening, and balance in a clam and relaxing yoga session lead by horizon therapists. Child yoga helps to build a sense of body awareness that all movements are a series of coordinated efforts between bones, joints, and muscles. It also aides digestion and can even improve sleeping habits. If you are interested in being put on the waiting list for our fall session of JUMPSTART!, please contact Hetty Kintiroglou at (973) 740 2353 ext. 2140 or via email at hkintiroglou@cpnj.org.

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Different Strokes Art Program Highlighted in Recent Gallary Exhibition

Fifteen stunning pieces of artwork from Horizon Elementary School’s volunteer-led “Different Strokes“ art program were featured in a special exhibition at the Morris Museum this weekend. Horizon students got the opportunity to visit the museum to admire their jaw-dropping gallery exhibit. We are so proud of our students and the CPNJ volunteers who have made our “Different Strokes” art program possible.

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CPNJ Positive Impact Award Winner


Monica Almeida, one-on-one aide at CPNJ’s Horizon High School, was recently selected as a recipient of the agency’s Positive Impact Award for her pursuit of caregiving and advocacy beyond her call of duty. Congratulations and thank you Monica (seen here with award nominator and Horizon High School teacher David Orioki).

JUMPSTART! Language and Literacy Session

Families from our Spring 2019 session of JUMPSTART! (Early Intervention Therapeutic Play Group) gathered on Tuesday for a sensory language and literacy group. This group helped to build the children’s emerging communication skills by encouraging social skills and expressive language during a fun literacy activity. Therapists also introduced augmentative and alternate communication tools through the use of age appropriate literature, and incorporated gross motor and sensory activities related to the stories. This group was held in Horizon Elementary School’s bright and colorful Dr. Seuss themed library. Special thanks to all of our early intervention families for coming out and joining in the fun. If you are interested in being put on the waiting list for our fall session of JUMPSTART!, please contact Hetty Kintiroglou at (973) 740 2353 ext. 2140 or via email at hkintiroglou@cpnj.org.

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Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Rally, May 13th

Direct Support Professionals provide the critical hands-on services to our program participants. Please help support them by supporting the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage. The Coalition is planning a huge rally in Trenton on May 13th to raise awareness about the need for government officials to provide more funding for better pay for all DSPs. Full event details – including options for parking and transportation – are in the works and will be provided shortly. In the meantime, please spread the word about the NJ State House Rally on May 13, as we need as many supporters in Trenton as possible that day! The greater the outpouring, the more our message to legislators will be felt!

Vision Clinic at Horizon Elementary

Today, students at our Horizon Elementary School received vision screenings from a professional optometrist. The optometrist collaborates with occupational therapy staff at the school to promote increased visual skills in our students for therapeutic and academic success.

JUMPSTART! is Back at Horizon Elementary

Yesterday, Horizon Elementary School kicked off the spring session of it’s JUMPSTART! Early Intervention Therapeutic Play Group! In this introductory group, Horizon therapy staff helped children and their families navigate through a sensory obstacle course. The session incorporated motor planning and developmental transitions like sitting, rolling, and crawling to encourage the children to enjoy moving. Therapists also provided our guests the opportunity to experience a variety of positioning and seating systems frequently utilized by Horizon therapists in the school’s state-of-the-art sensory room. Special thanks to all of our early intervention families for coming out and enjoying in the fun. If you are interested in being put on the waiting list for our fall session of JUMPSTART!, please contact Hetty Kintiroglou at (973) 740 2353 ext. 2140 or via email at hkintiroglou@cpnj.org.

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Horizon High School’s “Candy Land” Tricky Tray

On Saturday, March 30th, close to 300 people attended Horizon High School’s 6th Annual Tricky Tray. The event was a huge success, raising nearly $27,000 dollars to support the school’s annual fund! A very special thanks to Katie Regan and Natasha McCall for their ongoing leadership of this event and to the members of the event committee: Ken Brucato, Mary Carlson, Ted Groh, Laura Maresciallo, Janet Pereira-Spain, Beth Reuter, Jennymond Sawyer and Laura Vesuvio. Thank you also to Teresa Hatch for all of her hard work. And thank you to everyone – for your ticket purchases, your generous donations of raffle prizes, and your time.