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PS 163 Spring Fair May 14, 12-4pm

Rain or shine we plan to attend the PS 163 Spring Fair next weekend, and invite you to join us! James is in the 4th grade CTT class there and has generally had a good experience over the past 3 years thanks to some amazing teachers, a devoted principal and most recently a young, energetic para who spends her day focused on helping James learn to his full potential. So, I felt it was the least I could do to advertise their Spring fair on my blog. I mean, hey, maybe some of you are considering PS 163 for your special needs child (or typical child!) – this would be the perfect no pressure way to see the school and meet some of the teachers, parents and kids.

There is always tasty food, fun rides, crafts and games available, and this year they also have a flea market, rummage sale, and Scholastic book fair. And, the price is right. I think you can get a book of 36 tickets for $20, and many things are between 2-4 tickets ( I think some of the big food items and rides are more like 4-6). We usually buy a book or two and have plenty of tickets left, even after James and his sister go through everything they want to do and Ryan and I sample some of the treats there (there is usually a nice assortment of grilled food, yum!).

Click the link above for the Spring Fair flyer, or just show up on the 14th ready for some fun! PS 163 is located at 163 W. 97th Street, on the corner of W. 97th and Amsterdam.

We are on a waiting list for James to have the Best Day

I was excited to stumble across the Best Day Foundation, which provides some really unique experiences for kids with special needs. We just filled out a participant application, and would like to volunteer for this foundation as well. The closest location for a Best Day is in NJ, but it looks well worth the trip.

Here is an excerpt from their site:

What We Do

Mission
Best Day Foundation enables children with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. Current activities include Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, and Snow sports.

Strategy
We achieve this by empowering communities across the country to offer special days at the beach and snow to children with special needs. Best Day provides back-end services, support, training, and business resources to ensure that safe, self-sufficient programs are created. The program is funded through donations, grants and sponsorships. Due to funding, it is currently a 100% volunteer-run organization. 

History
Best Day is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax-ID 26-2223078) founded in March 2008 in Santa Cruz, CA by Max Montgomery and Brooks Lambert, two long-time Ride a Wave volunteers who wished to bring services like the award-winning Ride a Wave program to other communities.  

Currently Best Day has chapters in New Jersey and Ventura, CA.

Learn more about us, our Best Day at the Beach or Best Day in the Snow program or read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Please contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for after browsing or searching the site.

Click http://www.bestdayfoundation.org/get-involved/ if you want to know more about volunteering, participating, donating, or even forming a local chapter closer to NYC. If you’ve had any experience with this group, please leave comments below!