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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | May 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Check Out Our Summer H2O Programs!
 
Get ready for a great summer! Beat the heat and check out these exciting water programs:
 
Swim, Stretch, or Tone - Age 14 & up
Swim, Stretch, or Tone
Swim, Stretch, or Tone is the perfect exercise program for the summer! Participants can escape the heat while getting fit with friends at the pool. This program will allow each participant the opportunity to select the water fitness techniques that best meets their needs. They can choose to swim laps or participate in adaptive water exercises in both the shallow and deep ends of the pool.  
 
SurfTR Surf-N-Fun In The Sun: Day Surf Camp 
- Age 6-35
Surf-N-Fun
Would you like to ride a wave? Join the Therapeutic Recreation staff for an afternoon of surf and fun. Surfing, body boarding and other beach activities are on the day's agenda. Instruction will take place at the Pendleton surfing area. Surfboards and drinking water will be provided. Waves are not guaranteed. Membership cards are not required, so bring the whole family! Participants can register beginning June 5 and must register by July 15 in the Therapeutic Recreation Programs Office.
 
Dates, times and registration information is below for both of these programs. Detailed information is also available in our youth and adult catalogs using the links to the right.
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Our Mission: 

To provide programs and services to individuals with disabilities that will...

 Enrich quality of life
 Meet community needs
 Enhance skill development, leisure education and recreation participation
 Increase independence through individualized goals and objectives
 
The staff achieve this mission by offering a variety of programs for children, teens and adults including after school programs, summer day camps, dance classes, fitness programs, aquatic programs and social programs.
Registration for Summer/Fall Programs

We will be holding registration on Saturday, June 5 at Kempsville Recreation Center room 103 (TR office) from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. In addition to summer camps, programs you can register for at this time are: 

Around TownAround Town I - Age 36 & up  
Bayside | Fridays | 7/9-8/6 | 6:30-8:30 pm | $35 
 
Around Town II - Age 22 - 35  
Kempsville | Fridays | 7/9 - 8/6 | 6:30-8:30 pm | $35
 
Around Town III - Age 14- 21
Kempsville | Fridays | 7/9 - 8/6 | 6:30-8:30 pm | $35

TR Surf-N-Fun in the Sun - Age 6-35
Pendleton Beach | Saturday | 7/17 or 7/31 | 11 am - 3 pm| $18
*Each surfer will be assigned a 30 minute surf time with instructors and staff

Learn to Swim - Infant/Toddler - Age 1 - 5 w/parent
Bow Creek | Tuesdays | 9/14-10/26 | 5:00-5:30 pm | $29

Learn to Swim - Youth - Age 6 - 15
Bow Creek | Tuesdays | 9/14-10/26 | 5-5:50 pm or 6-6:50 pm | $38
Bow Creek | Thursdays | 9/16-10/28 | 5-5:50 pm or 6-6:50 pm | $38

Learn to SwimLearn to Swim - Adult - Age 16 & up
Bow Creek | Thursdays | 9/16-10/28 | 7-7:50 pm | $38

Introduction To Competitive Swimming - Age 6 & up
Bow Creek | Tuesdays | 9/14-10/26 | 7-7:50 pm | $38

Swim, Stretch or Tone - Age 14 & up
Kempsville | Wednesdays | 6/16-8/4 | 6-6:50 or 7-7:50 | $40
Princess Anne* | Mondays & Wednesdays | 9/27-10/27 | 6-6:50 pm or 7-7:50 pm | $52
*Note: The location and days have changed due to Kempsville's pool closure.
Over 20 Years of Dedication With a Smile! 
Kathy Williams, Recreation Supervisor, CTRS
 
KathyKathy Williams is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. "In college I had a professor who encouraged me to take her 'Intro to TR' course. It was through that course that I had to volunteer and I have been here ever since."
 
Kathy has worked with Therapeutic Recreation Programs for 25 years. She started as a volunteer and through the years worked her way to become the Recreation Supervisor for the Therapeutic Recreation Programs. Her favorite part of the job is working directly with the participants and seeing their progress. "Sometimes it is the little milestones that create such an impact." 
 
When Kathy is not at work she enjoys watching ice hockey and spending time with her nieces and nephew.  Kathy's future plans are to continue to guide the growth of the Therapeutic Recreation Programs for years to come.
Be On the Lookout: Afterschool Registration Begins Aug. 17
 
Registration for the 2010-2011 Out-of-School Time Programs - All Stars & Champions - begins Tuesday, August 17 from 5-7pm at Kempsville Recreation Center.
 
All StarsAll Stars
Age 5 - 13 (must have turned 5 on or before September 30, 2010)
This program provides an opportunity for individuals with special needs to participate in instructional and recreational after school activities. Each participant will work towards the achievement of individual goals through a variety of activities which include crafts, group games, drama, music, fitness and swimming. 
 
Champions
Age 14 - 21 (currently attending middle or high school)
This program provides an opportunity for middle and high school students with special needs to participate in instructional and recreational activities after school. Each participant will work towards the achievement of individual goals through a variety of activities that include crafts, group games, drama, music, fitness, swimming and community outings.
Staff in the Spotlight  
 
WandaWanda Truett has been working with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs since the summer of 2005. She has worked in several of our programs including Camp Explore, Extended Care, Around Town, Champions, Just Wanna Dance, and Swim, Stretch, or Tone.  Wanda enjoys working with the participants and helping them meet their goals. "Each participant is different and as they grow, I feel that I grow with them. Having this job is a reward because every day I receive a golden reward from at least one participant when they say, "Look Ms. Wanda I did it!" with a big, happy smile." When Wanda is not working in the Therapeutic Recreation Programs, she enjoys sitting on the beach with her music enjoying the ocean breeze.
 
 
AllysonAllyson Ford is currently attending Tidewater Community College to become accredited as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Allyson started working with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs in the summer of 2009. Since working Camp Explore, Allyson has worked in other programs such as All-Stars, Just Wanna Dance, and Swim, Stretch, or Tone. Her favorite part of her job is "seeing all of the participants making progress towards different goals while enjoying themselves." Once Allyson achieves her accreditation as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, she will pursue other opportunities within the field working with people with special needs.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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