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Featured Foundation: Party City

Thanks to generous donations from three local Party City stores through Good 360, the costume closet at Via West Campus now boasts superhero clothing, tutus, princess outfits, and a host of other dress-up options. Participants love dressing up for dances, talent shows, role playing, LARPing, and other fun with friends. And since Via received sizes appropriate for children, teens and adults, staff members can don appropriate costumes to promote understanding of theme-based activities during respite weekends and longer summer sessions. Thank you so much to the San Jose Party City stores at 5650 Cottle Road, 863 Blossom Hill Road and 1448 Kooser Road for the hundreds of donated costumes!

Featured Foundation: The Lisa Libraries

The Lisa Libraries, a national non-profit organization started by author Ann Martin to honor and memorialize children’s book editor Lisa Novak, has donated generously to all three of Via Services’ programs. Via West Campus received 200 brand-new books that fill the book nook shelves in the Sobrato Family Foundation Performing Arts Building. Participants young and old enjoy curling up in beanbag chairs to decompress and enjoy a good book when life is a little overwhelming. And having the books available for theme-based group reading really helps our visual learners understand the activities during any given camp session.

The First Step Program received 200 English and Spanish books written at just the right level for the youngsters they serve. Perfect for breaking the ice when new children come for evaluation or therapy, the books also create great bonding moments for parents and children. And the 200 books for Altitude at Via were the catalyst for a highly-successful collaborative group project during November camp. Working together, participants reviewed various books and shared their impressions with peers.

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