RFH Art Students Make Positive Impact

June 11th, 2014



RFH Art Students Make Positive Impact and

Enjoy Memorable Experience at Schroth School

RFH students, including (far left and far right) Tom Martello and Collin Mara, recently participated in an art therapy activity with Schroth School students.

Rumson — Several RFH students recently visited the Schroth School in Ocean Township to participate in art therapy activities and take part in the “Empty Bowls” initiative.

Although individual students from Schroth School have visited RFH in the past to demonstrate their artistic procedures and skills — such as painting by mouth — this is the first time that RFH students have participated in artistic endeavors at Schroth.

In preparation for the excursion, the RFH students attended a training session hosted by staff members from the Schroth School, which is part of the LADACIN (Lifetime Assistance for Developmental and Challenging Individual Needs) Network. The mission of the non-profit LADACIN Network is to provide education and support services to those with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.

During the training session at RFH, Schroth instructors demonstrated the special devices and techniques used by students during art activities at the school and also distributed interaction guidelines.

“The students are really excited about your visit, and we want to help you make sure that it is a great success,” Schroth teacher Paddi Golden-Gartner told the RFH students.

Located in Wanamassa, Schroth School serves students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through twelve and offers a comprehensive educational program including sensory, mobility, fine motor, social, and thematic language/literary experiences.

While at Schroth, the RFH students worked with students of all ages during art activities and also acted as servers during the school’s Empty Bowls” activity, which is part of a grassroots movement to end hunger internationally. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread, and have the option of making a cash donation to keep the handmade pottery in which the soup was served as a reminder of how many empty bowls exist in the world.

The RFH students, who were accompanied on their visit by the ceramics teacher Zach Wilson and Special Education Teacher Kevin James, agreed that the instructions provided to them during the training session proved invaluable.

“The pre-training was helpful, definitely,” said RFH senior Kate Edwards. “It helped me prepare for what turned out to be a wonderful experience.”

The trip was such a resounding success, Wilson and the Schroth representatives hope to make it a yearly occurrence.

“The transition was flawless, as if the RFH students had already spent a considerable amount of time at Schroth School,” said Wilson, who worked with Golden-Gartner to plan the activity. “I could not have been more proud of our kids.”

“I thought it was one of the best experiences of my life,” said RFH senior Emily Babeuf. “The Schroth students were thrilled to see us, and that just made me so happy.”

Participating RFH students were Emily Babeuf, Melissa Becker, Donald Bedell, Mackenzie Brennan-Canada, Kate Edwards, Alexis Fox, Caitlin Griffith, Caroline Heins, Matthew (Matt) Hervilly, Katelyn Kearney, Regan LoSavio, Collin Mara, Thomas (Tom) Martello, Dominic Padula, Conner Phillips, Kelley Rigby, Kayla Santry, Michael (Mike) Stamoulis, Benjamin (Ben) Truex, Caitlin Veech, and Kaitlin Wallace.




Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885






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