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FOOTSTEPS for the Exceptional Child started their fall semester this past weekend with a great showing at our Tae Kwon Do class.  The program, a branch of the West Orange Rec Dept. provides a year long schedule of recreational activities for special needs children from Pre K thru 8th Grade.  The classes are very affordable and the instructors are assisted in each class by volunteer Big Buddies.

Last minute registrations are being accepted for the two classes scheduled to start in the coming days.  The Tae Kwon Do class is filled to the max.

We Are Champions kicks off on Wednesday, October 24th.  It is held after school from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Pleasantdale School.  The instructor, Mr. Kevin Reilly, has been working with special needs children in our public schools as a physical education for over twenty years.  His class stresses socialization, team work skills, general exercise and a lot of fun.

The Pony Express starts this coming Saturday, October 20th.  It is held at the Essex Equestrian Center from 11:00 AM to noon.  In addition to an introduction to hippotherapy, the class has a music component and has some very special guests lined up.  The ECC works in conjunction with many public school districts including West Orange to provide various therapies for special needs children.

All FOOTSTEPS classes collect the unbelievably low participation fee of only $55.  For more info contact our very dedicated coordinator of the program, Paula Korey at footsteps@westorange.org.  Registration forms are avaialble on the Rec page of the Township's website - www.westorange.org.



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