Congratulations to CentiMark on your 50th Anniversary!
CentiMark Foundation has been a tremendous friend to NHS since 2006, providing much needed grant funding to help where program resources fall short. In addition, they have generously provided back-to-school supplies and backpacks, gift cards around the Christmas and Easter holidays and so much more. This partnership has afforded the children and adults that we serve with opportunities and choices and has helped them to reach their fullest potential.
CentiMark’s support has made an impact for children on the autism spectrum who are enrolled in our Stepping Stones Plus Programs and for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at NHS Allegheny Valley School. Some examples include:
Learning Comes to Us!
With CentiMark Foundation’s support, more than 25 kids had an “out of this world” experience. The Carnegie Science Center brought its Portable Planetarium to our Stepping Stones Plus program last spring. The inflatable dome was set up in a large open area and the children and staff members were invited inside to learn about the stars, planets and the solar system. “At first the kids were hesitant to step inside the planetarium,” commented Program Supervisor Halle Benusa. “Once inside, all the kids, no matter their age, were captivated by the experience, and didn’t want it to end!”
Making a Friend in Romibo
Children in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at the Stepping Stones Plus Program in McMurray learned and practiced social skills with the aid of Romibo, a social therapy robot. Romibo visited the classrooms for eight weeks and focused on introductions, reciprocal conversations, answering questions and engaging in small group activities.
Gift Cards Encourage Community Activities
Individuals supported by NHS Allegheny Valley School have been fortunate to receive gift cards from CentiMark allowing them to visit their favorite stores and purchase whatever they want or need – clothing, hobby items, beauty aids and more. Working with our social services director, individuals who are most in need receive the gift cards which enable them to make personal choices while shopping around the holidays and during the back-to-school time.
These are just a few of the stories demonstrating how we have been touched by CentiMark’s generosity and friendship. Thank you for your support and congratulations on your 50 years. Here’s to MANY MORE!