New Year/New Decade!
NSSA students, program participants, and staff returned from the winter break refreshed and ready to start a new year.
NSSA’s Salad Shoppe got right back in the swing of things; taking orders, shopping for ingredients, and preparing fresh salads for staff.
And speaking of food, Adult Program Participants learned how to make tomato sauce from scratch in the Elija Farm kitchen.
Afterwards, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with a spaghetti lunch!
Some students are already using their cooking skills at home.
Our Adult Program participants enjoy doing things for others. It’s hard for soldiers to be away from families and loved ones. Some of our Adult Service Program participants made cards to send to them through the Supportourtroops.org program to let them know they’re being thought of.
Classroom 1 went on an outing to Dave & Buster’s to practice skills learned in the classroom, like waiting their turn, following directions, and staying focused in distracting situations. It looks they had a little fun, too!
Some students have as much fun helping our Facilities Manager as others do at the arcade!
Looking forward to an equally busy February!
Saturday, November 2 was a glorious, crisp fall day and friends and families gathered at the beautifully-decorated Garden City Country Club for NSSA’s 21st Annual Wine Tasting.
This event is a favorite with its casual atmosphere, wide array of wines to sample, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and lavish buffet, many opportunities to win wonderful prizes and a chance to catch up with good friends.
The delicious wines were generously donated by Fidele Miranda and Empire Merchants. Thank you Fidele and Empire for supporting our event for 21 years!
The event is such a success thanks in great part to Champagne Event Sponsors, Mary Beth and Pat Miranda, who do so much for NSSA year after year.
We are especially grateful to guests whose generous donations raised the money for us to purchase a new agency-wide communication system, which will help keep students and clients safe throughout our buildings and in the community.
Bracelets hand-made by NSSA’s Adult Clients, for sale at the money booth, were the hit of the evening! Framed photographs taken by NSSA’s Camera Club were offered in the Silent Auction and are now gracing the walls of some of our guests’ homes.
Thanks to Rob and Laurie Rogers of Tobay Printing for their ongoing support of NSSA and for printing our beautiful event journal.
We have so much gratitude for everyone who attended, donated, volunteered and worked so hard to make this year’s Wine Tasting a success.
Special thanks go to our generous sponsors:
Thank you, everyone!
Halloween 2019 was a blustery day, but inside NSSA it was bright and cheery with laughter and fun! The day began with the annual staff Halloween costume contest – all the costumes were clever and everyone looked great!
Seeing the students in their Halloween costumes is a joy that we all look forward to every year.
Hope you had a fun Halloween!
At the end of every summer session, NSSA holds a special day for families and friends to spend an afternoon with students, Adult Program participants and staff. Siblings have a chance to enjoy some time with their own brothers and sisters, and to meet up with other siblings and family members like themselves.
The 8th Annual Family Day was held on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The high temperatures didn’t deter anyone and our playground was full and busy all day. The favorite activity had to be the giant waterfall slide, but the pool was a close second!
The NSSA Parent Association treated students and clients to a delicious lunch from the Eat Me, Drink Me food truck, while staff enjoyed a hero and accompanying sides. Friends and families ate at picnic tables in the shade and watched all the kids and adults having a good time around them.
It was a wonderful way to end the Summer of 2019. See you all in the fall!!!
The Art League of Long Island recently held their annual “Perspective” Exhibition Fundraiser for Young Artists with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
One of NSSA’s own students, 17 year old Logan, submitted some of his original artwork to the exhibit. Since he was about 9 years old, Logan has been creating alphabets out of magnets, K’nex, PlayDoh and other toys. He creates them independently, spending time and concentration on each letter. He tries various combinations of shapes before deciding on just the right one and makes refinements along the way as the alphabet grows.
Logan’s mother takes pictures of them quickly before he takes them apart as he rarely leaves them lying around. She says, “When you witness the process, the artistry of what he does is more apparent than just viewing the final art.”
The exhibit shared three photographs of his original alphabet creations. The executive director of the Art League was very impressed with his work. His mother thinks he was happy to see his artwork displayed in a gallery setting alongside artwork by his peers.
We’re so proud of Logan for creating this original artwork and hope to see more soon!
What better way to break up the dog days of summer than with a party? NSSA did just that with a new event: Pizza & Pints. Held on a muggy Thursday evening at the Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, families, friends and staff were delighted to be in a spacious air conditioned room, sipping “pints” and sharing pizza and salad prepared by NSSA’s Salad Shoppe.
Guests chatted over beer barrel tables or relaxed on cushy sofas.
They took their chances at winning raffle prizes or spinning the prize wheel. And this was no ordinary prize wheel. In order to win, guests had to perform feats of knowledge, balance or tongue twistery. This made for much entertainment and laughter in the wheel corner. The grand raffle was a much-coveted brew-crew cycle tour in Riverhead for up to 14 guests.
Others played giant chess or Jenga, or practiced their prowess at cornhole or the foosball table.
Thank you to all who attended, donated and volunteered. Thank you to Rob Donahue of Great South Bay Brewery for making the event possible. And we’re especially grateful for the initiative, creativity and hard work of Jen O’Malley and Tori Ardito for creating this new fun summer event!