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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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February 16, 2017

At Schreiber, we walk next to kids and families

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

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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January 9, 2017

AMBUCS rides to the rescue

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Among the many tools Schreiber therapists use to help kids with mobility challenges are these specialized adaptive bikes. We have a bunch of them here at the Center. And when it's makes sense, we try to help a few families have these bikes at home, too.

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December 29, 2016

Feeling grateful at the holidays

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

There are literally hundreds of individuals and organizations each year that make a financial gift to Schreiber Pediatric. You can see many of them listed in our Annual Report.

We thought we'd take a moment during this holiday season to acknowledge a couple by name.

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December 15, 2016

Schreiber contributes to crafting book about making weighted blankets

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

Schreiber Pediatric recently worked with Susan White Sullivan, a nationally recognized authority in the craft publishing industry, on a crafting book about making weighted blankets and scarves.

Our own Bernie Hershey wrote the introduction to the book, "Weighted Blankets, Vests & Scarves: Simple Sewing Projects to Comfort and Calm Children, Teens & Adults."

The book was published this month by Spring House Press, a Nashville-based publisher run by partners Paul McGahren and Mattew Teague. McGahren lives in Lancaster and is familiar with Schreiber's mission. It's available on Amazon and Spring House is working to distribute the book nationally in craft stores and elsewhere.

Here is the full text of Bernie's introduction.

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December 6, 2016

McGyver those election signs for Schreiber kids

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

By Becky Smith
Occupational Therapist
Schreiber Pediatric

What's the connection between those outdated campaign yard signs and kids with disabilities? Let me tell you.

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December 1, 2016

Thank you for supporting the Extraordinary Give

Posted by Dan  Permalink 

It was another remarkable 24 hours of giving Nov. 18 for the Extraordinary Give. Once again, you stepped up and supported Schreiber in a big way.

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October 20, 2016

Giving extra for the Extraordinary Give

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The 2016 Extraordinary Give returns Nov. 18. That means another amazing 24 hours of online giving in which Lancaster County becomes a massive party celebrating area nonprofits. Thanks to the Lancaster County Community Foundation for organizing the huge party.

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