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If you've ever been to Schreiber, you know the place is full of amazing stories. The dedicated staff that works with the kids every day. An amazing team of volunteers, from the folks who help with office tasks to board members and committee members. And the families.

Especially the families.

The moms and dads who deal with some of the toughest situations a parent can face. And the kids. The kids who come in here and put in so much work to make their lives better, more independent. And they do it with smiles.

There are lots of stories that we know you -- in Lancaster County and beyond -- would be interested in and connect with. And we want to tell them.

That's the purpose of this blog.

Over the next few weeks, we will start telling you more about the work we do here, the services we offer and, of course, the children and families we serve.

And we want to hear from you -- parents of Schreiber kiddos, Schreiber alumni, volunteers -- so that we hear about the stories we might not know about. Leave a comment here. Contact us on Facebook. Or shoot me an email.

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March 22, 2017

There's no place like the Schreiber Gala

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We're in the middle of Gala Week here at Schreiber this week. The 35th Annual Gala is Saturday, and there's a lot going on in the final few days. This year's theme, "There's No Place Like Schreiber," has generated a lot of great ideas that we're sure will make this year's party another fun night of raising money for the children of Schreiber.

Here's a taste of what's happening this week.

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March 15, 2017

Scotty Chappell adjusting to life 'untethered'

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

Scotty Chappell grimaced as he tried to grip the green putty as hard as he could.

"Squeeze as tight as you can -- that's right, tighter!" Laura Cunningham said to 4-year-old Scotty as he crushed the putty.

Scotty grunted as he continued to squeeze, and as soon as he saw the putty bulging out between his fingers, a large smile covered his face.

"All right, good job!" said Laura, Scotty's occupational therapist. "Now, can you do it again?"

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March 9, 2017

Schreiber speech therapist works her magic

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

Every kiddo is different. But Schreiber Speech Therapist Katie Woods has seen enough children struggle with speech and language development that it didn't take her long to identify the issues for one of her current clients.

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February 28, 2017

New friends for kids at Circle of Friends

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We have a steady stream of volunteers who help out at Schreiber in many ways. One group that was here recently to spend time in our Circle of Friends Academy isn't your typical volunteer group.

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February 23, 2017

Chris Yost teaches a new generation of young swimmers

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

There's a pretty good chance you've seen Chris Yost at Schreiber, probably in a bathing suit. Chris is one of Schreiber's paid swim teachers, providing private lessons each week and leading the group lessons for our preschoolers each month. Her connection to Schreiber started as a volunteer.

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February 22, 2017

'Amazing little guy' learning to play with friends

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LJ Hamer, a 5-year-old Schreiber kiddo, chatted noisily next to his grandmother as they waited for a speech therapy session to begin. Sometimes his speech slipped into hard-to-understand phrases or didn't-make-sense chatter, but the smile never left his face.

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February 16, 2017

At Schreiber, we walk next to kids and families

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With Liz Datorre pushing gently on his back or holding the handle bars of his bike, 4-year-old Juelz Santos slowly pedaled around Schreiber Pediatric's therapy bike path. Without her help, Juelz doesn't have the leg strength to pedal on his own, Liz said.

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February 1, 2017

Donor spotlight: Kathy and Ed Schoenberger

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Retired special education teachers Kathy and Ed Schoenberger of Lititz have supported Schreiber Pediatric for years. But their gift late last year, in support of the Stabler Foundation matching grant for expanding our child care center, was one of the largest of the individual gifts we've received for the grant to date.

To make your gift to the Stabler grant fund, visit our Circle of Friends Academy page, click on the red Donate Now button, and designate your gift to the Stabler Foundation Matching Grant.

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January 26, 2017

Bethanie Allen's pirate adventure becomes a book

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

Bethanie Allen worked at Schreiber for a few years, starting in 2008 after she graduated from Elizabethtown College. She left in 2010 for family reasons, but she took with her the seed of an idea for a book. She's an occupational therapist, and she had found a way to use a pirate story to teach kids how to tie their shoes. She eventually turned the idea into a story book for kids, "Pirates of the Caribootin," which she self-published and released this month. Bethanie will return to Schreiber Jan. 30 to do her first book event and to help us kick off Pirate Week at Schreiber.

I talked to Bethanie by phone recently. Here's that conversation.

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January 18, 2017

Fellenbaum's heroes strike again

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A little more than two years ago, Laurie Fellenbaum's idea to help Schreiber started out as a classrom conversation about empathy and acceptance. Today, that idea is teaching those values and a whole lot more.

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