Individuals at Edward J. Zapp Center are baking-up some delicious chocolate chip cookies!

Baking Cookies at Edward J. Zapp Center

Staff members at the Edward J. Zapp Center put together a fun-filled summer camp with t-shirt painting, game booths, a dance party, BINGO, root beer floats and more. Zapp was decorated to look like a camp site with faux trees, campfires, tents, and wildlife. The camp was planned for a full week so that small groups could attend daily. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the summer season. A huge THANK YOU to the dedicated program staff who coordinated, created, and implemented this wonderful event. A fantastic time was had by all!

Summer Camp at Edward J. Zapp Center

Program Instructors Mary Loos and Nikita Flowers held a weeklong Luau for the individuals at Slippery Rock. The week was filled with all sorts of Hawaiian-themed activities, including Hawaiian Dress-Up Relays, Flamingo Ring Toss, and Hawaiian crafts and music. The individuals really enjoyed these special activities and especially enjoyed the delicious Hawaiian treats. Not only was it a fun activity for the summer, but the Luau event gave everyone the opportunity to learn about Hawaiian history and culture.

Weeklong Luau at Slippery Rock

Congratulations to Shanequa Stanback - Direct Support Professional of the Quarter!

Shanequa has been a Direct Support Professional with Merakey AVS for four years and was highlighted for her positivity, compassion, and extraordinary commitment to the individuals and other staff at the Merakey Seemore home in Harrisburg.

The DSP of the Quarter Award has been made possible through Steven’s Fund to recognize Merakey Allegheny Valley School Direct Support Professionals in Central PA. The fund was created in 2017 in memory of Steven Garlick by his mother Betsy Friedman. To contribute to the fund, visit http://avs.merakey.org/donate-now and include “Steven’s Fund” in the “other” and/or “comments / instructions” box.