Jefferson, Ga., August 25, 2015
Over 50 riders from the American Legion Statham Post kicked up their stands and rode on Saturday, July 25, 2015, to raise money for early intervention services and early education programs provided by local nonprofit, Easter Seals North Georgia. Riders raised $1,500 at their first annual 163DiceRun.
Riders met at the Statham American Legion and stopped at three Easter Seals North Georgia child development centers in Winder and Jefferson. At each center, children attending the child development centers were there to cheer riders on. Riders met with the children and brought them books.
Lisa Brookshire, chair of the parent policy council for the nonprofit, organized the event.
About Easter Seals North Georgia:
Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc (ESNG) is a community-based, non-profit organization located in metropolitan Atlanta, whose mission is to provide high-quality services to ensure that children with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals’ core programs include: early childhood education, early intervention, early childhood mental health, Foster Grandparent program, and Champions for Children.
ESNG started the first inclusive childcare program for children with and without disabilities, which has become a model program for the state of Georgia. Currently, Easter Seals provides comprehensive early childhood education to 1,651 children and their families, ages 6 weeks to five years. The organization’s 12 child development centers are located in Fulton, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, and Walton counties.
ESNG also provides early intervention services to 1,787 families with children - newborn to three years old - that require occupational, speech, and/or physical therapy through Babies Can’t Wait in Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties.
Nearly 200 families in North Georgia are helped by the Champions for Children program. It is designed to assist children and families who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid program.