The Residential Program celebrated the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation with an ice cream social on Thursday, June 23. Students, their parents, and guests gathered for the first time since the pandemic outside of the Residential Program campus to enjoy delicious ice cream covered with toppings of their choice. “Students enjoyed having their guests on campus and celebrating the summer kickoff,” said Jillian Roche, Director of Residential Education. “It was a joy for all to be able to get together safely after a challenging few years.”
During the school break, the residential program’s students had their choice of an array of fun activities off campus: Water Wizz of Cape Cod; Six Flags New England; and Canobie Lake Park. Many participated in local events including:
- Picking strawberries at Wards Berry Farm in Sharon
- Enjoying a picnic lunch and cool swings at South Boston’s Lawn on D
- Playing at Wollaston Beach in Quincy followed by lunch at Tony’s Clam Shop
At the beginning of July, residential students participated in a Discovery Museum event coordinated by Autism Alliance, a Massachusetts-based organization providing support, programs, and resources to families and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders. Fourth of July events, a cookout, and a tie-dye art project rounded out the early July calendar.
“With the nicer weather, our kids are moving to different types of activities that focus on health and wellness, along with some downtime,” said Jillian. “Students work hard during the school year, and it’s a nice break to focus on recreational activities in addition to education. They’re getting a lot of joy from using the new campus playground and all it has to offer. Throughout the summer, we’re also offering walks and hikes at Bird Park and the Norwood Airport.”
The Residential Program is planning for many more fun activities including bowling and Autism Alliance-sponsored programs. “Before the 2022-2023 school year begins, we have another break, and we’ll have more fun trips planned for our Residential Program students,” said Jillian. “They’ll be refreshed and ready for the new year.”
Check out some images from the fun day!