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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | November 2011 | 
Fall Programs Are a Hit!

PumpkinsWe offer a variety of programs in the fall to keep everyone active and having fun. The Champions and All Stars after school programs have kicked off the year having a blast. Their schedule is filled with fun activities waiting for them as soon as they get off the bus - from swimming at the recreation center to themed event parties. They have also taken awesome trips like a visit to Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt for a tasty treat and a hay ride at Taylor's Farm to go pick out pumpkins.

The Around Town programs have been keeping just as busy. These participants have enjoyed community outings to places like an Admirals Hockey game, Laser Quest, the movies and an ODU Men's Basketball game. When the participants are not on an outing, they are enjoying leisure activities and socializing at the recreation centers.

Just Wanna Dance participants are learning and practicing new styles of dance. So far, they've learned ZumbaŽ, Bollywood, Suavemente', Hula and Russian. They are preparing for their big performance on November 21 in the theater at Kempsville Recreation Center!

The Outdoor Challenge Series participants have enjoyed kayaking on Crab Creek and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The participants are getting ready for hiking and geocaching at First Landing State Park.

The Learn to Swim and the Swim, Stretch or Tone programs have wrapped up for the fall. The participants of these programs enjoyed their time in the pool learning new swim skills, talking about safety, getting exercise and socializing with their friends.

Up next for the fall season is Tumble, Jump and Roll, which has a schedule packed with activities that will leave the participants wanting more!
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Our Mission: 

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

ˇ Enrich quality of life
ˇ Meet community needs
ˇ Enhance skill development, leisure education and recreation participation
ˇ 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, fitness, aquatic and social programs.
Registration for Winter/Spring Programs


We will be holding registration on Saturday, January 7 at Kempsville Recreation Center room 103 (TR office) from 9 am to noon

Around Town I - Age 36 & up
Bayside | Fri | 2/17 - 5/11 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $65  


Around Town II - Age 26-35
Kempsville | Fri | 2/17 - 5/11 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $65


Around Town III - Age 19-25

Kempsville | Fri | 2/17 - 5/11 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $65


Around Town VI - Age 14-18

Great Neck | Fri | 2/17 - 5/11 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $65


Tumble, Jump and Roll - Age 4-8 

Kempsville | Mon | 1/30 - 3/5 | 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm | $37

Swim, Stretch or Tone
- Age 14 & up

Princess Anne | Wed | 2/15 - 4/25 | 6:30 pm - 7:20 pm | $52

Learn to Swim
- Age 1-5 with parent
Bow Creek | Tues | 3/13 - 5/8 | 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm | $32
Learn to Swim - Age 6-15
Bow Creek | Tues | 3/13 - 5/8 | 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm | $43
Bow Creek | Tues | 3/13 - 5/8 | 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm | $43
Bow Creek | Thurs | 3/15 - 5/10 | 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm | $43
Bow Creek | Thurs | 3/15 - 5/10 | 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm | $43

Adult Swim - Age 16 & up
Bow Creek | Thurs | 3/15 - 5/10 | 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm | $43
Princess Anne | Wed | 2/15 - 4/25 | 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm | $52

Intro to Competitive Swimming - Age 12 & up  
Bow Creek | Tues | 3/13 - 5/8 | 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm | $43

Learn more about these programs on our website
Be On the Lookout: NEW! Parent Resource Night

Hosted by Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Service Standards, Parent Resource Night (PRN) will bring in Dr. Brenda Reid from the Virginia Beach Public Schools Parent Support and Information Center to discuss the new Individualized Education Program (IEP) regulations for your student. Come, learn and share on Tuesday, December 1 in the Kempsville Recreation Center Theater from 6-8 pm! This event is open to anyone interested in attending. Look for more PRN gatherings in the future! 

Staff in the Spotlight: Rachel Jordan & Abby Cunanan


Rachel Jordan joined us in 2010 for a summer of fun at Camp Explore! She continued her employment with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs working in several programs including Champions, Just Wanna Dance and Around Town I. Rachel is currently attending Norfolk State University seeking a degree in Nursing. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with the participants. "It is amazing to see them reach a new goal or gain confidence; I love that I can be a part of it." Outside of school and work, Rachel enjoys vacations to Florida, playing softball, hanging out with her friends and shopping.


Abby Cunanan has worked with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs for three years. She has worked in several of the programs including Around Town II, All Stars and the Outdoor Challenge Series program. Abby is currently a student at Old Dominion University seeking a degree in Medical Technology with a minor in Psychology. Abby's favorite part of her job is getting to hang out with and meet many wonderful participants and staff. "I love how active all the programs are!" When Abby is not in class or working in programs, she enjoys reading, listening to music, going to concerts and watching horror movies. 

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
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