Pen Pal Club News                                                                                                                                         July 15, 2019         Although many of our members at home and abroad are vacationing this month, the mail hasn’t stopped.  We are still receiving letters and cards from our friends in faraway places.  Those who are away from home may send a post card from an exotic spot they are visiting for the first time or a favorite family destination… and we are responding in kind.    Wae members bid a fond farewell to outgoing Pen Pal Club president, Alison Kalish, on June 28th.  Alison had been active in the club since 2014, forming a strong bond with Ayn Lerua, a Russian pen-friend with whom she has shared a five-year postal correspondence.      Alison […]

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On Friday, May 10th the WAE Center showcased its talented members during an hour filled with poetry, dancing, stories and songs.  Our members all performed along with WAE Center volunteer Elissa.  We were entertained by Angel singing, Hassanah singing a duet with Elissa, jokester Robert, Roberto, and Alicia.   An award for heroism was presented to Erin by John Skillen and Jay.  

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WAE Works is a group of artist and entrepreneurs who come together under JSDD’s WAE Center Workability program.  The program introduces skills and techniques to emerging artists which engages the participants to create art using their individual forms of expression.  Program facilitators help these artists design products to sell from their artwork and aid them in developing professional standards of completion.  Proceeds from the sale of these items directly fund the artists themselves and WAE Center programs. The WAE Beyond program offers individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 16 and over, opportunities to gather afternoons and evenings during the week to interact and experience new learning opportunities in arts and personal enrichment. All the WAE Beyond workshops are inclusive and open to all.

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The club was started by two former students’ way back in 2010 and continues to thrive.  Alison K. was honored last month with a special award in recognition of her recent success with the international post card exchange (aka, Postcrossing).     Alison has been an active member of the WAE Center’s Pen Pal Club since 2014.  She signed up for the post card exchange on 12/31/18 and has already received more than twenty cards from such countries as Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Russia.     Here is a photo of Alison with her award and a photo taken at a recent meeting of the PPC: Quiana (staff), Alison; in front, L to […]

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Come Support Wae Center Artist Facilitator Esther Tanahashi Valley Arts Community Gallery: 400 S. Jefferson St., City of Orange, NJ 07050 Art educators are more than just teachers – they are also artists in their own right. Join us to celebrate these talented artists who also inspire students to create!   This annual exhibit includes art educators work live or work in Essex County. We are always are always amazing and inspired by the breadth of creativity and talent shared by the artists — and we know you will be, too. Join us to view the work and meet the artists.

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