• Press Release- Friday, February 28, 2020

    Plans at Springer School and Center are underway for the 2020 edition of A Springer Celebration! For this year’s event, The Giving Tree, we’ll be going back to our roots with our guest speaker for the evening, alumnus Nick Lefke. Nick’s story will leaf you smiling. He will talk about his struggles with learning and how Springer gave him the tools to start his own tree trimming business – a venture that has shot up and blossomed into both a large-scale tree service and a disaster relief company.

    Event Co-Chairs Cecily Fassler and Peter Frey have reserved the Music Hall Ballroom for this year’s Celebration, to be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Emceed by FOX19 NOW Sports Director Joe Danneman, the evening will include cocktails, dinner, and silent and live auctions. Parent Jenni Ward will serve as Auction Chair for this fun event that you won’t want to miss!

    “I am very excited to co-chair the Springer Celebration with Peter,” said Cecily. “Last year he threw such an amazing event that I am honored to be a part of building on it. We have quite a few new and exciting things in store for the event!”

    For more information, visit bidpal.net/givingtree.

  • Press Release- Monday, November 25, 2019

    In October, the artwork of several students from Springer School and Center was displayed in the Friendly Cities Painting Exhibition in Liuzhou, China. The exhibition was organized though the Sister City Association with the aim of deepening mutual understanding between children of China and other countries, and strengthening friendship between Liuzhou and other member cities. Artwork by children from Cincinnati, Muntinlupa City of the Philippines, Bandung City of Indonesia and Ami Town of Japan, was displayed in an outdoor location in Liuzhou.

    Joseph Hamrick, Chairman of the Cincinnati-Liuzhou Sister City Committee, gathered and organized photographed artwork from Cincinnati and sent the photos to China. He traveled to Liuzhou to view the exhibition and take part in an opening ceremony. “People who viewed the exhibition were especially impressed with the works from Cincinnati students,” said Hamrick.

    The Springer students whose artwork was chosen for the exhibit are Eden Arvay, Nic Babb, Abby Beutel, Owen Boone, Luca Centurion, Alex Dandridge, Bill Fitzpatric, Lily Harper, Max Holm, Nina Jackson, Owen Lawler, Grady Lemmerman, Journey Peterson, Casey Putnick, Savannah Tarrab, and Faye Wolfson. Their works were created in the classroom of Springer Art Teacher Corrinne Thaler.

  • Press Release- Monday, October 21, 2019

    The artwork of two students from Springer School and Center was chosen by the Journal of Learning Disabilities to appear on the journal’s cover in 2020. Each year the scientific journal selects three works of art from among those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.

    After studying the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, seventh-grader Ally Iredale drew a flower in the same style using oil pastels and blending the colors with her fingers. “I’m excited about the award and pleased with my artwork,” said Iredale, “and I’m grateful to the journal.” Outside of school, Iredale enjoys gymnastics, playing soccer, reading, doing yoga and sketching or painting birds and other natural scenes.

    Second-grader Brooklyn Hambleton’s painting of a whimsical bird was created in the style of American pop artist James Rizzi. Hambleton outlined the bird using oil pastel, and added color with paint. When she is not at school, Hambleton enjoys coloring, painting and playing on her playset at home.

    Iredale and Hambleton are in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Friday, October 18, 2019

    Over the summer, 29 volunteers contributed their time and talents to the construction of a long jump pit for students at Springer School and Center. The project was the brain child of Bishop Fenwick High School sophomore Ryan Brensike, who attended the school for students with learning disabilities during grades 5 through 8.

    In his ninth year of scouting, Brensike needed a project to complete requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. He decided the project must benefit Springer. “Springer helped me a lot,” said Brensike, “and I wanted to give back.”

    Springer Physical Education teacher Mark Phelps remembers Brensike as a member of the Springer track team. “With a successful Springer track career, Ryan knows how valuable it would be for the team to have a long jump pit on campus,” he said. “This addition to our grounds will enable success for Springer students for years to come.”

    A member of the track team at Fenwick, Brensike submitted a proposal to Springer for the installation of a long jump pit on the school grounds. He met with Springer Business Director Mark Priest last spring to put plans into place, then worked with volunteers to dig the pit, install wood framing around it, and fill it with a layer of dirt and then sand. “Ryan coordinated the project from start to finish,” noted Priest, “and Springer complemented his work by installing a shot put and discus ring nearby.”

    With the completion of the long jump pit, Brensike has only to pass final board interviews to attain Eagle Scout rank.

  • Press Release- Friday, October 4, 2019

    Springer School and Center and Cincinnati Children’s are partnering to bring Marilyn Zecher, MA, CALT, to Cincinnati to speak about strategies for helping students who struggle in math. Zecher will present an evening program for parents on November 12. Why Some Students Struggle in Math and What We Can Do About It will focus on common difficulties children face in learning math, and will offer strategies and hands-on activities that can help students succeed in math.

    A full-day workshop for educators, clinicians and other professionals who work with students will be offered on November 11, 2019. Multisensory Math: Teaching Mathematics in a Standards-Based Curriculum will address multisensory interventions for teaching the foundations of mathematical literacy.

    A nationally-certified Academic Language Therapist and former classroom/demonstration teacher, Zecher specializes in evidence-based methods and interventions for all students, but which are especially effective with students having learning disabilities in the areas of mathematics and study skills. She is a trainer for the Multisensory Education Institute of the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville, Maryland, and has been a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on learning disabilities and education.

    For more information and to purchase tickets to either event, visit www.Springer-LD.org/Zecher.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    In observance of both Learning Disability Awareness Month and ADHD Awareness Month in October, Springer School and Center is partnering with Cincinnati Children’s to bring a new documentary film to Cincinnati for an exclusive one-time screening.

    Normal Isn’t Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD features four successful young adults sharing their stories of coming to terms with their learning disability and struggles with ADHD. These candid portraits take the viewer into the subjects' daily lives; showcasing their talents, venting their frustrations, and employing the strategies they use to manage their challenges and utilize their strengths. They come from diverse backgrounds, and their journeys are as unique and varied as the careers they have developed. They have all become experts on themselves and what they need to succeed.

    The primary goal of the film is to help young people struggling with ADHD and learning disabilities to reach their full potential. Their odds for success increase dramatically when they have the support of their parents, teachers and community members. Students in middle school, high school and college are encouraged to attend, as well as parents, teachers, therapists, employers and young people with LD/ADHD who are transitioning into the workplace.

    The screening of the film by award-winning filmmaker Krys Kornmeier will happen on October 3, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Sabin Auditorium, 3333 Burnet Ave. A panel discussion featuring Springer alumni will follow the screening. Visit www.normalisntreal.com to view a trailer of the film and www.springer-ld.org/normalisntreal for more information and to register. Tickets are $10.

  • Press Release- Thursday, July 25, 2019

    Ethan Wiesman knows what it’s like to struggle with ADHD, having been diagnosed with the condition. Because of an accompanying disorder, he is unable to take medication for his ADHD, and has had to develop strategies for keeping his brain focused at his school in Mason, Ohio.

    Aware of his own challenges, Ethan wanted to do something for other children who deal with ADHD every day. For his 11th birthday, he decided to ask guests to make donations to an organization that helped children with ADHD, and he discovered Springer School and Center through an Internet search. His 12 guests at his May 11 party donated $500 which Ethan delivered personally to Development Director Kirstin Eismin, who gave him and his father a tour of the building.

     "I donated to Springer because it's important to help others and not just yourself,” said Ethan. “When I visited Springer School I saw a climbing wall with a tree background artwork behind it where every student who had attended got to write their name on it. And I think it is an awesome place for kids with learning disorders like me."

    “Ethan is a thoughtful young man,” said Eismin. “Thanks to his family and his guests, he was able to raise a generous gift that will help support our mission.”

  • Press Release- Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    The outdoor piazza at Springer School and Center received a bright upgrade in May when the Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program brought Chicago muralist Molly Zakraijsek, “Molly Z.” to Cincinnati. Zakraijsek guided a group of Middle School students in painting the concrete retaining walls that bound one end of the piazza with a pattern of colorful dots.

    The students involved in the mural painting saw the experience in diverse ways. “The mural really makes the school pop out,” said eighth-grader Trenton Casey. Cooper Meese, also in eighth grade, said, “We spent a lot of time to give this mural to the students and staff of Springer.” Eighth-grader Edmond Huffman said the project was “a great opportunity to connect with others who are commencing (from Springer). It gave us one final time together.”

    “Springer School and Center has become one of my favorite residency projects,” said Zakraijsek. “I love working with such talented, artistic students who love to create and make something that benefits others. My time at Springer is always filled with inspiring moments with great students and faculty!”

    Molly Z.’s murals can be found in several Chicago locations including the DuPage Children’s Museum. Her artwork can be seen throughout the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, as well as ToyLab in Cincinnati, and on a variety of posters and products. She has just completed a building-sized mural in Rockford, Illinois.

    The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker in memory of his late wife, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer alumni. Zakrajsek was also the Artist in Residence in 2010 and 2011, when she and a group of students created 90 feet of colorful mural in Springer’s lunchroom, and again in 2018, when she worked with students to paint the climbing wall in the school’s gymnasium.

  • Press Release- Monday, June 3, 2019

    More than 380 friends and supporters of Springer School and Center gathered at Music Hall on May 2 for A Springer Celebration! 2019, Springer-opoly. The guest speaker at the fundraising event was Springer alumnus Michael Schulte, whose family company Late for the Sky custom-designed a Springer-opoly game for the school.

    Schulte described for guests the difficulties he encountered with reading in elementary school, as a student with dyslexia. He credited his Springer education with his success in college. “Without the strategies for reading and comprehension that I attained while at Springer,” he said, “I would not have successfully completed the countless essays, presentations and exams that were required to graduate.”

    Chairing the event was Springer alumnus and Trustee Peter Frey, and Springer parent Jenni Ward served as Auction Chair.  The evening was emceed by FOX19 Now Sports Director Joe Danneman, who also presided over a 10-item live auction.

    The event raised $195,000 that will be used for financial aid and school and outreach programs.

  • Press Release- Friday, February 15, 2019

    Guests will be able to pass GO and collect an evening of fun at A Springer Celebration! 2019:  Springer-opoly, to be held on May 2 at Cincinnati’s Music Hall ballroom. The guest speaker for the Springer School and Center fundraiser will be alumnus Michael Schulte. Schulte’s family launched Late for the Sky, the company that creates the series of “-Opoly” games that adapt Monopoly for communities, college campuses and other organizations. A Springer-opoly version will be for sale at the event, and on the event website, bidpal.net/springeropoly.

    Springer Trustee Peter Frey is chairing the event which will feature cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions. Springer parent Jenni Ward will serve as Auction Chair. The evening will be emceed by FOX19 Now Sports Director Joe Danneman, who will also be auctioning off some great new packages.

    “I’m extremely excited to chair the Celebration,” said Peter. “As an alumnus, I directly attribute every success I’ve experienced to Springer, which is why I’m so proud and humbled to be able to give back to this incredible organization. I can’t wait for May 2nd!”

    Proceeds from A Springer Celebration! 2019 will support financial aid and school and outreach programs.

  • Press Release- Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Reading can give students a peek into the lives of people who live differently from themselves. This winter at Springer School and Center, reading stories prompted students to find ways they could give to others.

    When Middle School students read Linda Sue Park’s book, A Long Walk to Water, they were struck by the story of Nya, an eleven-year-old girl who walked four hours each day to bring clean water to her family. To get a sense of Nya’s experience, the students walked 2.2 miles on a rainy afternoon, carrying 18 liters of water among them. But they wanted to do something more tangible.

    Calling the project “Drops in the Bucket,” the students collected their spare change, allowance money, even coins found on the sidewalk, to raise $320 in December, with which they purchased a treadle pump and a flock of chickens through Heifer International. The pump will supply clean water for a community whose members will also receive education about managing their new water resources. The chickens will provide a family the ability to be self-sustaining – supplying eggs and chickens to sell and eat. Middle School staff members were so inspired by the students’ work that they contributed to buy a goat as well, to be given to a family in need in a developing country. The students were excited to discover that a two-for-one matching grant tripled their gift to include three water pumps, flocks of chickens and goats.

    Mrs. Lankford’s class of fifth-graders was also moved to action when the students read an article called The Boy Who Could Not Smile, about a boy born with a cleft palate. The article included information about Smile Train, a nonprofit that provides surgery for children with cleft. Doing chores for change, the students raised $200 which they donated to Smile Train.

    Wanting to do something for people closer to home, Mrs. Lankford’s students decided to make hats and scarves for people experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati. They used circular knitting looms of various sizes to knit hats and scarves for adults and children. As they were knitting the hats, they thought of adding gifts of toiletries, gloves, socks, small blankets and snack foods. Around two dozen gifts bags with the handmade winter wear and other gifts were assembled and donated to the Homeless Coalition of Cincinnati, to be given as holiday gifts.

    Each December, the entire school combines efforts to support a local organization chosen by members of Student Council. This year students collected 500 pounds of pasta, dry grains, rice and beans to be donated to La Soupe, a local organization that rescues unsold produce from grocers and transforms it into healthful meals for food insecure families. At a December 20 all-school assembly, students and staff formed a human chain that passed the donated food from the gym, outside to LaSoupe’s waiting van.

    “Student Council’s annual giving project reinforces the messages emphasized in classroom work throughout the year,” said Student Council Adviser Erin Fiorito. “It’s rewarding to watch the student body take such an interest in helping others and giving back.”

  • Press Release- Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Students at Springer School and Center were wowed by Jim McCutcheon’s demonstrations of the link between music and science during his stay as the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence in December. McCutcheon used tools such as an oscilloscope, a strobe light, and even a 20-foot “guitar string” to illustrate how sound waves make the connection between a musician’s instrument and a listener’s ear.

    Eighth-graders Aemon Young and Yann Kemper were impressed with the presentation. “It was cool how electricity was transmitted through my friend’s forehead,” said Young. Kemper liked that using a strobe light, McCutcheon was able “to make a fan look like it was going backwards.” Seventh-grader Cameron Fischer commented, “It was amazing to watch how strobe lights made things look different from what you normally see.”

    During his residency, McCutcheon worked with a small group of Lower School students, teaching them to play the ukulele and developing a program which they performed at a December 20 all-school assembly. Fifth-grader Zoe Jackson owned a ukulele before McCutcheon’s visit. “This was a good way to learn to play the ukulele with your friends,” she said. Korra Zimmer, also in fifth grade, added, “It was surprising how fast we learned, and how many notes we learned.”

    “Working with the students at Springer is always a fulfilling experience,” said McCutcheon. “Their excitement about learning, their ability to focus both individually and as a group, their willingness to participate in new and different activities and their sincere appreciation for the experiences each school day offers tells me clearly that they are in a good place, working with a knowledgeable staff who understands and cares for them.”

    On the faculty at the University of Dayton, Miami University and Wright State University, McCutcheon was awarded the 2017 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Art Education. He is a published author and composer, and host of the longest-running locally-produced program on Dayton Public Radio, “The Intimate Guitar.”

    In its 22th year, the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program honors Springer’s former Executive Director for her 14 years of leadership.

  • Press Release- Monday, December 3, 2018

    Students at Springer School and Center enjoyed a multisensory peek into the life of a writer and poet when George Ella Lyon visited the school for students with learning disabilities in November. Lyon enthralled students of every grade level with her personal stories, visual demonstrations and music played on a washboard.

    To visually display the time invested in writing and editing the words in a picture book, Lyon shared a laminated scroll which, when unrolled, contained all the pages of drafts for one of her picture books. The students held up the scroll as Lyon unrolled it, circling the room twice with its length. Using a series of overlain acetate sheets, Lyon demonstrated how the rich illustrations in one of her books was printed in layers, using just the three primary colors and black.

    Through her picture book “The Pirate of Kindergarten,” Lyon shared with Springer’s youngest children the feelings she had as a young child with double vision, and how she felt when the problem was surgically corrected. She invited the students to share their feelings about struggles they have encountered, and some spoke about their experiences with a learning disability.

    Springer’s Middle School students learned about George Ella Lyon the activist as she shared a book of poetry centered around the 1963 March on Washington at which Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Sixth-grader Alaina Stacy, was impressed with the program. “Ms. Lyon had an interesting past,” she said. Eighth-grader Alexis Marroso agreed, saying “She inspired me to have confidence and make my own choices.” Cali Turner, a seventh-grader, enjoyed the song Lyon played with washboard accompaniment. “I am definitely going to read some of her books,” she added.

    “I was so impressed with Springer students,” said Lyon. “They were attentive, responsive, and full of good questions. That means, of course, that I was impressed with the teachers too. I felt a wonderful spirit of commitment and cooperation throughout the day, and I hope to have a chance to work with Springer again.”

    A resident of Lexington, Kentucky, George Ella Lyon has published over forty books including picture books for children, and poetry, fiction and memoir books for teens and adults. She holds a PhD in English from Indiana University, and has received awards for her work that include ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, a Jane Addams Honor, a Golden Kite, the Appalachian Book of the Year, and the Bluegrass Award. Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” has been used as a writing model around the world. She was Kentucky’s Poet Laureate for 2015-2016.

  • Press Release- Friday, November 16, 2018

    The Journal of Learning Disabilities has chosen the artwork of Springer School and Center seventh-grader Abby Beutel to be featured on the journal’s cover in 2019. Each year, the scientific journal selects three works of art from those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.

    Beutel’s work is an African mask constructed from plaster and celluclay, and embellished with paint, foam and fur. The design for the mask – a lion’s face – was inspired by Beutel’s love of animals. “Our art teacher showed us some pictures, and I decided to design my mask after an African animal – the lion,” Abby said. “My goal is to someday be a veterinarian.”

    Beutel is in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Springer School and Center eighth-grader Nancy Sutkamp saw a need at her school and leveraged available resources to fill it. Sutkamp noticed that she never had time to fill her water bottle at the school’s water fountains, and she could not fill it completely. She realized that water bottle filling stations would solve that problem and then began thinking of the other benefits the stations could provide.

    Sutkamp enlisted the help of eighth-graders Ryan Brensike, Conner Dute’ and Summer Jones, and the foursome gathered data about the number of plastic water bottles recycled at the school and researched the health benefits of proper hydration and the implications of quicker filling on students getting to class on time. They circulated a petition among Middle School students and submitted it along with a letter of explanation to Executive Director Shelly Weisbacher.

    With help from Springer’s Development Department, several foundations were solicited, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation agreed to fund the installation of four bottle filling stations – one on each floor of the school – with a grant of $7,500.

    Sutkamp was proud of the success of the project and found the experience to be educational. “I learned that anything I put my mind to, I can achieve,” she said. The filling stations were installed at the school in April and unveiled at an April 20 Earth Day assembly attended by members of Sutkamp’s family.

    “Nancy was a compelling advocate for the water stations, beginning with the letter she wrote to me expressing the need for them,” said Weisbacher. “She deserves much credit for shepherding this project through to its successful completion.”

  • Press Release- Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Friends and supporters of Springer School and Center gathered in Hangar 2 at Lunken Airport for A Springer Celebration! 2018 Take Flight on May 3. More than 350 guests enjoyed appetizers and dinner from a variety of food trucks, live and silent auctions and a wine pull. Sherry Hughes, WCPO – ABC, 9 On Your Side Meteorologist/MMJ, served as emcee and auctioneer for the evening, which featured Alumni Speaker Nicolle Searcy, a 1994 graduate of Springer and owner, with her husband Evan, of the Tin Man Grill food truck.

    Guests engaged in activities that demonstrated how Springer helps its students learn to manage their learning disabilities, allowing them to “take flight” and find success, some for the first time. A display including alumni bios illustrated ways in which Springer graduates have taken flight in education and career. In addition to the Tin Man Grill, food trucks Sweets & Meats Barbecue and Quite Frankly provided dinner and appetizer options.

    Searcy shared with event guests the pain of struggling in school with a learning disability, saying it felt “overwhelming, lonely and scary.” “Springer gave me the courage, strength and knowledge to break free of the labels that others had placed on me,” she said. “They gave me the motivation to persevere and overcome, to embrace my strengths and weaknesses. Springer took this broken, insecure child and brought me back to life. They loved me and taught me to focus on the good, to cope with my disability, and channel my intelligence and strength.”

    Co-Chairing the event were Trustees Kim Vincent and Ryan Brown. The event raised $145,000 for financial aid and school and center programs.

  • Press Release- Friday, May 25, 2018

    Five scientists from Procter & Gamble shared their enthusiasm for science with students at Springer School and Center during a May 14 visit in which they held panel discussions and demonstrated scientific principles. The visiting scientists included Jessica Carless, Ph.D., Judson Haynes, Ph.D., Ian Henry, Ph.D., Cheryl Hunn, M.S., and Leo Oquendo, Ph.D., many of them members of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

    Under the scientists’ guidance, students dissected Pampers disposable diapers and observed the water absorbing qualities of sodium polyacrylate, which absorbs up to 300 times its weight in water. Students also participated in demonstrations of paper chromatography and the iodine clock reaction. Younger students made predictions about whether various candy bars would float or sink, then tested their predictions and recorded their observations.

    The scientists also held panel discussions where student plied them with questions about their lives as scientists and how their work fits into the business of P&G.

    Gathering the entire school on the piazza outside, Dr. Ian Henry wowed the students with several Mentos and Diet Coke geysers and made “elephant toothpaste,” a foam which poured out of a plastic bottle when an iodine solution was added to hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish soap.

    “I liked learning what it is like to be a scientist,” said fifth-grader Ally Iredale, “and that scientists make all the products we use.” Audrey Nickell added, “It was interesting to me to learn how business works.” Rex Morris and Connor Jackson were impressed with the elephant toothpaste. “I was surprised that it was a little hot – that the reaction gave off heat,” Jackson noted. Morris said, “I learned that you don’t wear your nice clothes when you make elephant toothpaste!”

    “As scientists at P&G, each one of us can point to a critical person or experience that lit our fire of passion for science,” said Dr. Henry. “Springer has amazing students who just happen to learn differently. Our hope is that, by volunteering to raise awareness to STEM careers, we not only give a different perspective of scientists and the important role that diversity of talent and thought brings to research, but we also create that same ‘ah-ha’ moment for someone else. Quite frankly, the future success of P&G and companies like ours is dependent on the development of brilliant young minds who seek to pursue science as a career path.”

  • Press Release- Friday, March 23, 2018

    Working under the guidance of Chicago muralist Molly Zakrajsek, “Molly Z,” Middle School students at Springer School and Center transformed a transverse climbing wall in their gymnasium into a kaleidoscope of color, shape and pattern. Zakrasjek visited the school in March as the Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence for 2018.

    During her two-week residence, Molly Z. worked with each art class at the school for students with learning disabilities, then she spent concentrated time with a group of Middle School students who painted the 24-foot mural.

    “I really enjoy working with the students and staff at Springer,” said Zakrajsek. “Everyone is so welcoming and positive. It’s a pleasure to work with others who value, honor and develop the creative spirit in young people. It was a joy to be part of the Artist in Residence Program and create a beautiful work of art with the students.”

    Molly Z.’s murals can be found in several Chicago locations including the DuPage Children’s Museum. Her artwork can be seen throughout the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, as well as ToyLab in Cincinnati, and on a variety of posters and products.

    The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker in memory of his late wife, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer alumni. Zakrajsek was also the Artist in Residence in 2010 and 2011, when she and a group of students created 90 feet of colorful mural in Springer’s lunchroom.

  • Press Release- Friday, February 2, 2018

    Cincinnati Children’s and Springer School and Center are partnering to bring two educational experts to Cincinnati on March 19. In an evening program called “Parenting Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up,” Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D., will speak to parents about how to help students with slow processing speed find success in school. During a day-time workshop for educators and clinicians, Dr. Braaten will address the same topic, and will be joined by Patricia O. Quinn, M.D., who will discuss the specific manifestations of ADHD in girls.

    Dr. Ellen Braaten is a renowned psychologist, researcher, television contributor and au­thor, and Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her career spans over 30 years, with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Child/Adult Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten has authored several books, including The Child Clinician’s Report Writing Handbook, Straight Talk About Psychological Testing for Kids, and Finding the Right Mental Health Care for Your Child. Her most recent book, Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, co–authored with Brian Willoughby, has received a starred review from Library Journal.

    Dr. Patricia Quinn is a developmental pediatrician, and a well-known international expert, author and speaker on the topic of ADHD. She received her M.D. degree and completed her Pediatric Fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Georgetown University Medical School. Over two decades, Dr. Quinn has specialized in issues confronting girls and women with ADHD, as well as high school and college students with the disorder. Dr. Quinn has authored and co-authored several bestselling books on the topic, including Understanding Girls with ADHD, 100 Questions and Answers About ADHD in Women and Girls, and Attention, Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your ADHD. The books ADHD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Ur­gent Questions and Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD were released in May 2012. In 2000, Dr. Quinn received the CHADD Hall of Fame Award for her work in these areas.

    The programs, part of the Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation Distinguished Speaker series, will be held at the Cooper Creek Event Center in Blue Ash. Visit www.Springer-LD.org for more information and to register.

  • Press Release- Thursday, December 21, 2017

    The Board of Trustees for Springer School and Center has named Brett T. Marcoux to succeed Shelly Weisbacher in the role of Executive Director.  Weisbacher, who has been at the school for children with learning disabilities for 31 years and Executive Director for 21 of these years, is retiring on June 30, 2018.

    Marcoux is currently the Principal and CEO of Provident Charter School, an elementary school for children with learning disabilities located in Pittsburgh. Marcoux has spent the past 16 years working with teachers, parents, students and administrators in wide-ranging capacities, most recently for Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Campus School at Carlow University, and The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland. Marcoux was also the summer program director and mathematics teacher at The Gow School, a well-known private school for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities based in South Wales, New York. This spring he will complete his Doctorate in Community Engagement from Point Park University.

    "I am thrilled to be joining the community at the Springer School and Center this July,” said Marcoux. “The opportunity to lead an organization of this caliber only surfaces once in a lifetime. The success that the organization has had under Shelly Weisbacher's leadership is significant, and it is a lot to live up to. I look forward to working with the board of trustees, Ms. Weisbacher, the current administration, the staff and the Springer families over the coming months in helping make this transition smooth for everybody."

    Board of Trustees President Casey Boland said, “When meeting Brett, it was clear that he would be great for the future of Springer School and Center. Brett is a champion of faculty, encouraging them to be the best teachers they can be, and he is an outstanding, experienced educator who has proven to be an engaging leader.”

  • Press Release- Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Middle School students at Springer School and Center had the opportunity to work with Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel on November 14 and 16. Hansel conducted a poetry workshop with each class, beginning by asking how many poets were in the room. Typically, no one raised a hand. At the end of the class, every student responded positively to the same question, because Hansel had led them through the process of writing a poem which involved their experience and their senses.

    “Everyone in our class was surprised that they were poets,” said sixth-grader Nathan Schmidt. “I thought it was cool that she taught us easy ways to do things.” Sixth-grader Sadie Kottmyer appreciated that Hansel tied poetry to experience. “In poetry, you’re speaking from where your experience has happened,” she said, “and you’re sharing your experience with others.”

    Named Cincinnati Poet Laureate in April, 2016, Hansel is the first to carry that title. Cincinnati once had an official poet, and the position was re-established in 2015 with the title Poet Laureate. Hansel will serve for two years, and is tasked with promoting the reading and writing of poetry in Cincinnati, and with writing poetry for specific events and occasions.

    “It was a delight to get to know the Springer community through its poetry,” said Hansel. “I had always heard that Springer provided a welcoming, inspiring education for its students, and am so honored to have been able to experience this for myself. If I were a poem, I would surely want to be written and read by a Springer student.”

    Holding a Master’s degree in Education from Xavier University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., Hansel has published five volumes of poetry, and her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies. She is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Doing odd jobs for families, neighbors and friends, Middle School students at Springer School and Center raised enough money to send four U.S. veterans to Washington D.C. through Honor Flight Tri-State. The fundraising project was part of preparations students are making for a trip to our nation’s capital in April, which included researching the memorials and monuments that will be visited on the four-day trip.

    During a November 9 assembly at the school, students presented Honor Flight Tri-State representatives Tim Cassady and John Mock with a check for $2,067. Four veterans attended the program, as well as several members of the local Honor Flight organization. The veterans, Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, Kim Brockhoff, and Private First Class Suzanne Naro, Sergeant Douglas Gresham, and Corporal Luke Lawson of the Ohio Military Reserve, shared with students their experiences in the military and answered questions.

    Using photos from past Honor Flights, Cassady and Mock described to the students a typical flight – the memorials visited and the honor and appreciation bestowed on the veterans. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Honor Flight Tri-State has made five flights to Washington in 2017, and one “Flightless Honor Flight,” in which vets who are unable to travel are honored locally. Honor Flight Tri-State offers flights to veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam who are at least 65 years old. A typical flight honors 72 veterans, each traveling with a personal Guardian.

    Eighth-grader Conner Dute’ was part of a color guard that included a student Girl Scout, four Boy Scouts and an Army Veteran teacher that presented the American flag to begin the program. “It was important to me to put on my uniform and give these veterans full respect,” said Dute’, who is a Cadet Senior Airman with the Civil Air Patrol, Lunken Cadet Squadron 078. “They have served their country, and they may have friends who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

    In April, Springer 7th and 8th graders will tour Washington through the Oliver Gale Washington Academy, founded in 2008 by William and Margaret Gale to honor his father. Every other year, the Academy sends around 60 Springer students to Washington, recognizing both Oliver Gale’s support of Springer and his service to our government there during the Eisenhower Administration.

    Honor Flight Tri-State member Tim Cassady and his wife Kathy have a special connection with Springer. “I’m pleased to be back at Springer, where my late sister Barbara Cassady Frey established Springer’s library in the mid 1980s,” said Tim Cassady, “and I’m proud of the United States of America and of our Honor Flight program.” The Cassadys’ son and two nephews are Springer alumni, and Springer’s original library was renovated in 1997 in memory of Barbara Cassady Frey.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Students at Springer School and Center will never look at a seashell in the same way again. On November 8, the school hosted local author Emily Morgan, creator of the “Next Time You See” series of picture books about science.

    Morgan met with students in every department in the grade 1-8 school for children with learning disabilities. She read from her book, Next Time You See a Seashell, and gave each child a shell to hold and examine as she read. Morgan shared with the students her idea for the book series, which came to her while on vacation at Sanibel Island. Collecting shells on the beach prompted research on the animals that had created them. After learning about mollusks, “the next time I saw a seashell, I would see it with ‘new eyes,’” Morgan remembered.

    Fifth-grader Alex Shannon was impressed with Morgan’s presentation. “I liked her story of how she became an author,” he said. Third-grader Layla Claxton recalled, “I liked the story of the shell, and that I got to keep the shell she gave me.”

    Morgan read from several other of her “Next Time” books, about subjects such as pill bugs, spider webs, fireflies and sunsets. She shared with students that her book, Next Time You See a Sunset, recently traveled on a rocket to the International Space Station where it was read aloud by an astronaut as part of the Story Time from Space program. A video of the read-aloud will soon be posted on storytimefromspace.com.

    “Springer is an amazing place!” said Morgan. “The atmosphere there is so positive and inviting. I enjoyed spending the day with students from all grade levels. They had wonderful questions, connections, and ideas to share. It was a truly wonderful day!”

    Emily Morgan began her career as a science teacher. She is currently an author of books for teachers and for children, and an educational consultant. Morgan lives with her husband and 10-year-old son in West Chester.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Springer School and Center alumna Emily Moorhead is among artists being featured in the UnFunction group exhibit at the Weston Art Gallery. Curated by Maria Seda-Reeder, the exhibit examines the intersection of functional objects and fine art. Moorhead’s contribution, Stationary Effort 2, is a performance piece that combines a vintage NordicTrack Pro skier with a custom cassette player.

    UnFunction showcases works by twelve artists, most from Cincinnati and Chicago. Other local cities represented include Oxford and Hamilton. The display will run through November 19, and performance pieces are typically demonstrated on Saturdays.

    Another performance piece by Moorhead is currently exhibiting at the Miami University Museum of Art in Oxford. Entitled Stationary Effort, this piece brings together a vintage stationary bicycle and a custom record player. Stationary Effort is part of Miami’s Department of Art Faculty & Alumni Exhibition, which runs until December 16.

    An artist and art advocate living in Chicago, Moorhead earned a B.F.A. degree from Miami University and an M.F.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been Artist in Residence at The Torpedo Factor in Alexandria, Virginia, FugScreens in Chicago, and Springer School and Center. Moorhead is currently Board President for Chicago Sculpture International, a non-profit that champions sculptors and the creation of sculpture through public exhibitions and programming.

    Along with her husband, metal artist J. Taylor Wallace, Moorhead has recently opened a gallery in Chicago that houses Wallace’s company, Metal Magic Interiors, Inc. and the Norman Leigh Design showroom and gallery. Moorhead and Wallace purchased an 1898 building and renovated the upper floors for living and the lower for gallery space.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Television’s four-time American Ninja Warrior James Wilson brought his Nati Ninja obstacle course to Springer School and Center on October 10, as part of the school’s Be Your Best Self Week. The school’s annual program aims to encourage students to eat well and stay fit, as well as foster connection among students and staff. Each of the school’s students conquered the obstacle course, which stretched around the perimeter of the gym, cheered on by their fellow students, grades 1 through 8.

    Kicking off the week with his Ninja Warrior challenge, Wilson charged the students to set goals form themselves. “Being your best self is setting daily goals and pushing yourself to accomplish them every day,” he said. “I don’t fear failure – I fear not having the chance, and right now we all have a chance to be the best version of ourselves.”

    The Nati Ninja has a personal connection with Springer – his son Aiden began fourth grade at the school for students with learning disabilities in August. “I’m so grateful for having the opportunity to bring Ninja Warrior to Springer!” said Wilson. “I was pleased by everyone’s enthusiasm, including the faculty, and I believe everyone was a winner that day.”

    Physical Education Teacher Mark Phelps created and oversees Be Your Best Self Week, which is in its third year. "The message and example that Mr. Wilson brought to Springer perfectly captures the spirit of Be Your Best Self Week,” said Phelps. “We are fortunate that he and his family are part of the Springer family.”

    Additional activities during Be Your Best Self Week included yoga and Zumba classes, “Teacher/Staff Play Day” during the students’ recess periods, and S.P.A.R.K. (Springer Produces Active and Responsible Kids), which included classroom calisthenic exercises each morning.

  • Press Release- Thursday, May 18, 2017

    With a 1920s theme, Springer School and Center’s annual fundraising dinner featured three alumni speakers who are in their 20s. A Springer Celebration! 2017: A Roaring Good Time was held on May 3, 2017. The art deco surroundings of The Renaissance Hotel provided a perfect setting for the event, and guests and volunteers got into the ‘20s spirit, wearing feather boas and headbands, suspenders and boater hats.

    The three speakers shared with guests their childhood experiences dealing with a learning disability, and how their education at Springer has helped them to find success in school and beyond. Marc Banks ‘04 earned his BA degree is Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University in 2014, and moved to Washington, D.C., for an internship in the press office of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Marc then joined the marketing and communications team at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, where he is currently the Public Relations Specialist. He has also launched a public relations firm, Bankable PR Management & Services, in Washington.

    Daniel Allen ’03 joined Teach for America in Indianapolis, upon graduating from DePauw University in 2012. He earned his masters in teaching from Marian University and taught at both traditional and charter public schools. Daniel is a special education specialist for Indianapolis Pubic Schools, and a member of IPS' Autism Evaluation Team. Daniel hopes to receive his second masters in applied behavior analysis in the spring of 2018. This fall, he will join Springer’s staff as a member of the Peterson Scholarship Team.

    Katy Zembrodt ‘05 attended Hanover College on an academic scholarship before transferring to Northern Kentucky University, where she ran track for two years. Katy joined the Army National Guard in 2016, and will graduate from NKU in the fall of 2017 with a degree in Exercise Science. During Army basic training and subsequent individual training, Katy received a number of awards leading to the honor of receiving the Challenge Coin from the Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard. She continues to train monthly with her unit in Louisville while she finishes college.

    Local 12 WKRC TV’s Brad Johansen served as emcee for the evening, which featured a duo singing hits from the ‘20s and a display of Springer alumni in their 20s, and the Event Chair was Springer Trustee and alumni parent Matthew Gockerman. Guests bid on more than 100 live and silent auction items, and took their chances in a raffle for a Caribbean cruise and a 100-bottle wine and liquor pull. The event raised $142,500 for financial aid and school and center programs.

  • Press Release- Friday, March 24, 2017

    The March visit of artist and decorative painter Jeannine Dostal marked the 25th anniversary of the Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program at Springer School and Center. Having struggled in school herself, Dostal made an instant connection with Springer’s students, all of whom have learning disabilities. Eighth-graders Hunter Jones and Mary Catherine Conaway felt a sense of freedom to create. “I didn’t feel pressured by Jeannine,” said Jones, “but I pressured myself to do my best.” Conaway added, “This was a way to express my difference!”

    After a 25-year career as a decorative painter, Dostal now paints mostly on canvas, working wet in multiple layers, embellishing with sequins, glitter and gold leaf, and sealing her work with a coating of resin. During her two-week residency, Dostal brought her unique style, which she calls “The Art of Allowing,” to each of Springer’s art classes, and then spent a week working closely with a group of 22 Middle School students, each of whom created an individual canvas and participated in two collaborative paintings.

    “Being Springer’s Artist in Residence was truly an honor for me,” said Dostal, “especially it being the 25th year! I knew the experience would be a good one, but I had no idea the magnitude of emotions and attachment to the students I would experience, or that it would be so inspiring for me too. The Springer School staff and kids have touched my heart, and I will never forget the memories we made together, as well as the magnificent "Art of Allowing" paintings!

    Dostal was awarded Emerging New Female Artist of the Year and People’s Choice Award in a 2014 national juried art show. Her art hangs in Cincinnati galleries such as Art Design Consultants and A.R.T. Gallery, as well as in ten patient rooms at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus. The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker in honor of his late wife, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer alumni.

  • Press Release- Friday, March 3, 2017

    Three Springer students have been recognized on the state level for their artwork. Sixth-grader Ellie Sutkamp was chosen as an exhibitor for the 37th Annual Young People’s Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA). Ellie’s artwork in crayon and watercolor, entitled “My Cat,” was among 107 student works chosen for the exhibition, which will display from February 26 to March 17 at the Rhodes State Office Building in Columbus.

    The artworks of first-grader Coco Kennedy and seventh-grade student Nik Breech were chosen to appear in OAEA’s 2017 Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibition. Breech’s work won third place in the YAM Flag Contest, “United Through Art,” for students in grades 6 through 8. His flag will be on display at the State Teacher’s Retirement System (STRS) Building in Columbus, from March 5 to March 31. Kennedy’s piece in crayon and watercolor, entitled “Something Fishy,” is one of 111 works in the exhibition, and will be displayed at the STRS Building from February 27 to March 26.

    All three students are invited to attend recognition ceremonies on Saturday, March 11, and are students of Springer art teacher Corrinne Thaler. “These students thoroughly enjoy creating art,” said Thaler, “and I am always eager to see their next art pieces!”

  • Press Release- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Springer School and Center is partnering with Cincinnati Children’s to bring author and clinical neuropsychologist Jerome Schultz, Ph.D. to address parents and professionals in March. With stress among students rising to epidemic proportions in the U.S., Dr. Schultz was invited to speak on ways to reduce stress in children with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

    “It’s not really the LD or ADHD that’s the problem,” said Schultz. “It’s the children’s reaction to their condition. It’s their reaction to the environment in which they are educated and their response to the reactions of others to the behaviors they exhibit because they don’t want to be seen as incompetent.”

    On the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America Professional Advisory Board, Dr. Schultz will present an evening program for parents on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. Kids with LD/ADHD: The Journey from Stress to Success will provide an overview of the brain systems involved in the stress response and offer many practical strategies for parents that can break the cycle of stress.

    During the day on March 24, Dr. Schultz will present a professional development program for educators and clinicians that will explore ways to help students de-stress, as well as classroom strategies that can reduce stress in students and enhance learning. Called Stress: The Missing Piece of the LD/ADHD Puzzle, the program will inform educators, psychologists, social workers and speech and language therapists.

    Author of Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It, Dr. Schultz is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences who has written extensively about children with learning challenges. He was the recipient of the 2016 LDA Award, an honor bestowed upon individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of learning disabilities. “Schultz writes from a unique perspective as a practicing clinical neuropsychologist who has also worked as a middle school special education teacher,” said Brookline, Massachusetts, psychologist Paul Efthim, Ph.D., of Dr. Schultz’s book.

    Visit www.Springer-LD.org for more information about either the parent or professional program, and to register. The Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation Distinguished Speaker Program will be held at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, and is underwritten by a grant from the Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Set in the art deco surroundings of Cincinnati’s Renaissance Hotel, A Springer Celebration! 2017 will be Gatsby-esque fun for guests, with a Roaring ‘20s theme!

    Wednesday, May 3 will be the date for this evening full of fun and activities that will evoke memories of our own 20s, when we were exploring the world and discovering ourselves in the process. Business casual dress will allow guests to relax into the early 20th century feel of the venue – a building that was a successful downtown bank in the ‘20s, brought back to its original glory with the opening of the Renaissance three years ago.

    It won’t be possible to hear from Springer alumni from the ‘20s, so we’ll feature instead alumni speakers in their 20s, who will share their stories of success and the impact Springer has had on their lives.

    The evening will include cocktails and dinner, as well as silent and live auctions, a raffle, and entertainment. Chairing the event this year is Springer Trustee and alumni parent Matt Gockerman. “Our 2017 A Springer Celebration! will be a fantastic event for a great cause,” said Gockerman. “It is always inspiring to hear from our graduates. Join us for a roaring good time!”

    Springer is pleased to welcome Local12 WKRC-TV News Anchor Brad Johansen once again, as the evening’s emcee and auctioneer. Auction Co-Chairs Jenni Ward and Erin Carlton are already busy gathering exciting auction items and making their plans.

    Proceeds from A Springer Celebration! 2017 will support financial aid, and school and outreach projects. For more information, visit www.springer-ld.org/celebration_17.

    Don’t miss the fun.  It’ll be the bees knees!

  • Press Release- Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Using yards of packing tape and other simple materials, students at Springer School and Center created their own musical instruments under the guidance of ethnomusicologist Dr. Craig Woodson, Springer’s 20th Norita Aplin Musician in Residence. During his weeklong visit in December, Dr. Woodson met with each class to construct a variety of instruments including one that combined a drum, horn, shaker and violin in a single instrument.

    Dr. Woodson also worked closely with a group of Intermediate students who made “African talking drums” from metal cans and tape. The drums were constructed such that students could vary their pitch by pressing on tape lines that stretched the drumheads. With Dr. Woodson, these students participated in a December 16 program that re-created instruments from around the world using common items such as drinking straws, funnels, coat hangers and Styrofoam cups.

    Fifth-grader Ava Meiners was surprised by the program. “I wasn’t expecting that music could be made from so many different things,” she said. Fifth-grader Ryan Parsons added, “I like that you can use recycled materials to make musical instruments.” Ella Schlick, also in fifth grade, learned that, “Kids in places around the world can make instruments with the resources around them.”

    “It was such a great pleasure working with the students and staff at Springer School and Center during the week,” said Dr. Woodson. “The enthusiasm and desire to participate in the musical instrument making and drumming activities were a joy to experience every day. I appreciate the opportunity to bring my assembly and workshop programs to the school and look forward to a return visit.”

    Dr. Woodson, who lives near Cleveland, Ohio, is an Applied Ethnomusicologist with a Ph.D. from UCLA, and the founder of Ethnomusic, Inc., a company that provides student and teacher programs in world music. He has performed as a percussionist in movies and on recorded albums and television, and has presented world music programs on five continents. Dr. Woodson owns 12 U.S. patents on drum technology and is the author of the Roots of Rhythm world drumming curriculum guide for K-12 teachers.

    Dr. Woodson’s visit marks the 20th anniversary of the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program, which was established in 1997 to recognize former Executive Director Dr. Norita Aplin’s 14 years of leadership at Springer.

  • Press Release- Friday, November 11, 2016

    The artwork of Springer School and Center student Sierra Tarrab was selected to be featured on the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2017. Each year, the scientific journal selects three works of art from those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.

    Tarrab’s work, entitled Pink Dog, was created in the style of American artist Laurel Burch, whose work included abstract, highly stylized animals. The third grader painted the dog, and then used oil pastels to add intricate designs to the ears. “I like to draw pretend animals,” said Tarrab. “Ones that no one else has ever made before.”

    Tarrab is in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books Will Hillenbrand shared more than his books and drawings with students at Springer School and Center. Visiting the school for students with learning disabilities on October 13, Hillenbrand spoke about his struggles with dyslexia as a child, and the technology tools he uses to manage a successful career.

    Hillenbrand shared with students his process for creating the images in a book such as “Bear in Love,” winner of a 2012 Parent’s Choice Award for Picture Books. His process contains many of the elements Springer teaches its students, such as using speech-to-text software and audiobooks, and creating and using visuals to understand and to help his readers understand. He said, “Images come first, then the words,” and demonstrated that his illustrations add much detail that is not found in the words of a book.

    “I thought it was cool to see how he actually did his drawings,” said eighth-grader Mary Catherine Conaway, “and how he told us about himself.” Hillenbrand showed time-lapse demonstrations of the way he draws and then adds color to his illustrations, which he creates on an iPad.

    "From the moment I walked in the door to Springer School and Center, I felt like I had a very strong connection with the students,” said Hillenbrand. “We have a lot of things in common: we love to draw, we love to read, we love to create. We also have one more thing in common: we all have a learning disability. We know that within this disability hides our true ‘ability.’ The ability to move forward on uncharted paths. The ability to see problems anew. The ability to bring creativity and fresh vision to the familiar. The ability to see deeply, not glancing. I loved my time with these students because we GET this idea about ourselves. It is our pride. It is who we are."

    Hillenbrand has written and/or illustrated more than 60 books, and in addition to the Parent’s Choice Award has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association and several Children’s Book Awards.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    Three students at Springer School and Center won awards for films they made this summer through the Stages for Youth film camp, a Cincinnati program that challenges junior high and high school students to produce a professional-style production in two weeks.

    In addition to winning a Stages for Youth award for Best Score, eighth-grader Jake Wuennemann’s film “Gesture” was selected for the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival Youth, and for the 2016 All American High School Film Festival. During the All American festival, which ran from October 7 to 9, Wuennemann’s film was screened in the Times Square AMC Theater. “I especially enjoyed the editing,” said Wuennemann, “and walking around the city shooting the shots we needed.”

    Eighth-graders Gabrielle Luckenbach and Ethan Jones, along with recent Springer alumnus Riley Starr, won the Stages for Youth award for Best Direction for their short film “Benny.” “This experience was amazing!” commented Luckenbach. “I liked filming and editing, making new friends and learning about filmmaking.” For Jones, who enjoys writing short stories, scriptwriting was the most enjoyable part of the process.

    The 30 students from 15 schools who attended this year’s Stages for Youth camp produced eight short films under the mentorship of film industry professionals. Two of the films produced this summer were recognized at the 2016 White House Student Film Festival.

    A central goal of the program is to provide youth an alternative avenue for success, especially for students who struggle in a traditional classroom such as Springer’s students, all of whom have a diagnosed learning disability. Another recent Springer alumnus, Henry Jost, also participated in the program this summer.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Upper School students at Springer School and Center gained hands-on experience in philanthropy this year though Magnified Giving, a local nonprofit that gives students an opportunity to research local charities and choose one to gift with a thousand dollars. The 104 sixth, seventh and eighth graders researched charities from a list provided by Magnified Giving, and narrowed the list to their top three choices. They divided into three groups, and each group visited one of the charities.

    “Students visited to learn more about the organizations, but also to give back,” said Springer Assistant Principal Siobhan Taylor. “In the end, our students chose the Animal Friends Humane Society because it was a ‘win-win’ – humans change the lives of animals, and animals, with their love, change the lives of humans.” During their visits, the students completed service activities ranging from packing boxes to washing walls, laundry and dishes, as they learned about how relief organizations help victims of natural disasters and how to be safe around animals.

    At a May 9 ceremony, the students presented a Magnified Giving check for $1,000 to Meg Stephenson, Executive Director of the Animal Friends Humane Society. “We are so thankful that the Springer School chose Animal Friends Humane Society as their non-profit recipient for a Magnified Giving grant,” said Stephenson. “We enjoyed hosting the students immensely, as we love sharing our mission and needs with the future pet owners of our community. With so many worthwhile causes in our area, we are humbled to have been selected by the Springer School for this generous grant.”

    Springer 7th grader Laura Thompson was named a finalist for the Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Award, the youngest student ever to be so honored. “My participation in Magnified Giving taught me to put myself in other people’s shoes and see things through their eyes,” said Laura. “When we visited the different organizations we could see for ourselves the needs they had and the difference we could make.” Laura was not only active throughout the year in Springer’s involvement, but she has represented Magnified Giving at several local community presentations, and has been invited to join their alumni group and participate in an internship opportunity.

  • Press Release- Friday, May 20, 2016

    Springer School and Center celebrated the impact the arts can have on a child with a learning disability at A Springer Celebration! 2016, An Artful Evening.  The event was held at The Center, the former location of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center – a perfect setting for the evening. The Event Co-Chairs were Gina Goings and Martha Millett, both alumni parents and Springer Trustees. Current Springer parent Robin Carew served as Auction Chair. The event raised $148,000 to be used for financial aid, and for school and center programs.

    Three guest speakers, all of them Springer alumni who are currently active in the arts, addressed the audience. Caroline Feldhaus Harten is a 2000 graduate of Springer who discovered her passion for art after pursuing a career in business. Caroline is a mixed media artist, and was Springer’s Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence this year. She will graduate from Wilmington College this summer, with a BA in Business Administration.

    Emily Moorhead ’97 uses fragile materials to create art that communicates environmental concerns in her Chicago studio, and is also an art handler/preparatory for two universities in Chicago. Emily holds a BFA in Studio Sculpture from Miami University and a MFA in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She was Springer’s Artist in Residence in 2014.

    Ben Sweeney ‘05 plays acoustic and electric guitar for the band Natural Progression in Cincinnati. He graduated from the School for the Creative Arts where he studied jazz and was a Corbett Award finalist. Ben studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and currently works for Canopy Crew, a company that builds tree houses and provides tree service and care. He plans to return to college for certification in Music Education.

    Local 12 WKRC TV’s Brad Johansen served as emcee for the evening, which featured a live guitar/bass duo, a caricature artist and a gallery of art by Springer students. Guests bid on more than 100 live and silent auction items, and took their chances at three raffle prizes and a 100-bottle wine pull.

  • Press Release- Friday, April 8, 2016

    Springer alumna Caroline Feldhaus Harten encouraged students to let their personality shine through the mixed-media artworks they created during her stay as the 2016 Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence at Springer School and Center in March. Harten, a 2000 graduate from Springer, discovered her passion for art after pursuing a career in business. She oversaw classroom projects with each class at the school, and then worked more closely with a small group of seventh- and eighth-graders.

    “The best thing about the program was the many new techniques and styles Caroline introduced us to,” said eighth-grader Kate Dwyer. “That was fun and exciting!” Harten offered the students a variety of art techniques such as the opportunity to create their own spray inks. They also worked with molding paste, acrylics, printing plates, water colors, water soluble media, stencils, journaling markers, calligraphy pens, and water brushes. Harten encouraged students to incorporate into their work a quote that has been meaningful to them.

    Students shared their quotes with one another as they worked. “We got a chance to know different people through the program,” said eighth-grader Griffin Melson, “and to see how they do things differently.” Reilly Walter, also an eighth-grader, agreed that getting to know new people was a highlight of the program. “I also enjoyed trying new techniques in art,” she added, “and learning to use different tools.”

    Harten will earn a BA in Business Administration from Wilmington College this summer and currently works as a Procurement Specialist for Abstract Displays Inc. “I wanted the students to understand that creating art is not just about the final product,” she said. “It is so much more than that. It’s about inspiring others. When we empower one another, we are also empowering ourselves. This, to me, is what art is all about.”

    “Having an alumna as Artist in Residence is so thrilling for our students, because they can see themselves in the artist,” said Springer Art Teacher Corrinne Thaler. “Many alumni are so willing to talk about their struggles, their successes and their triumphs, not only in art but in life. And the students love that I taught Caroline once, as I am teaching them today.”

    The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker in honor of his late wife Maureen, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer graduates.

  • Press Release- Thursday, March 17, 2016

    musician in residence 2016Springer School and Center students’ eyes lit up as Jim McCutcheon demonstrated the connection between music and science by tracing every step in the process of sending one musical note from his brain to those of his listeners. The 2015 Norita Aplin Musician in Residence concluded his December residency with a ukulele concert given by a group of Intermediate students who worked with him throughout his stay.

    In demonstrations with individual classes, McCutcheon used an oscilloscope to turn an electrical signal into a visual display, and then added a speaker that translated the signal into sound. Using a strobe light, he made the vibrations of a tuning fork and a guitar string visible to the students. “The ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ when the children see the strobe light effects are wonderful,” said McCutcheon. “One student gave the ultimate compliment: ‘I want one of those for Christmas!’”

    McCutcheon worked with two small groups of Intermediate students, teaching them to play the ukulele and helping them to write their own music. These students performed both McCutcheon’s music and their own at Springer’s Winter Assembly on December 18. “The program was really fun,” said student Max Rohs. “I learned that I enjoyed playing the ukulele!” Gannon Gockerman found the experience very interesting. “It’s good to learn music and science at the same time,” he said.

    “Working with the small groups, teaching them ukulele and creating songs about scientific concepts has been wonderful,” said McCutcheon. “Some of the students initially expressed insecurity about performing for a few hundred people, but they have all risen to the occasion.”

    McCutcheon has been on the faculty at the University of Dayton Music Department since 1978. He is also a faculty member at Wright State University and Miami University. With Bachelor’s degrees in physics and music, and a Master’s degree in music education, McCutcheon is well qualified to connect science and music in students’ minds. He has published several recordings and books, and owns McCutcheon Music in Centerville, Ohio.

    “I love working with the students at Springer!” McCutcheon remarked. “They are so responsive to new ideas and experiences, and they’re clearly excited to be involved in the process of learning about connecting things one might not expect to be connected, such as music and science.”

    In its 19th year, the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program honors Springer’s former Executive Director for her 14 years of leadership.

    Photo Caption: Jim McCutcheon of Dayton leads students Gannon Gockerman of Mt. Lookout, Trenton Casey of Wilder, Ky., and Reese Pettway of Delhi in a ukulele performance to wrap up Springer’s 2015 Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program.

  • Press Release- Thursday, February 25, 2016

    The Ohio Art Education Association has recognized two students from Springer School and Center for their artwork. Seventh-grader Meredith Burgess of Anderson Township and Loveland resident and fifth-grader Nik Breech have had artwork accepted in Columbus exhibitions for student art.

    Breech’s Zentangle work in black marker was chosen for the 2016 Youth Art Month Exhibition, and will be on display at the State Teacher’s Retirement Systems (STRS) building in Columbus during the month of March. Burgess’ Personal Logo piece in colored markers will be exhibited in the OAEA’s Young People’s Art Exhibition at the Rhodes State Office Tower.

    Springer art teacher Corrinne Thaler submitted the students’ work to OAEA. “Meredith is very creative and has a wonderful artistic sense,” said Thaler, “and she puts forth great energy on each project. Nik is very talented and creative as well, and he works hard to make sure his artwork is exactly what he wants it to be.”

    Selected for each juried show were 125 pieces of art from the nine OAEA regions in the state of Ohio. OAEA is the professional organization for art teachers in Ohio. A reception and awards ceremony will be held March 5, 2016, for the young artists and their parents, teachers and guests.

  • Press Release- Friday, January 29, 2016

    Brown/FletcherIn partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Springer School and Center is bringing two nationally-known speakers on the topics of ADHD and learning disabilities to address parents and professionals on March 14. The Pfau Family Distinguished Speaker Program will be held at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

    Thomas Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. His research interests include assessment and treatment of ADHD, and the overlap of ADHD with LD. Dr. Brown developed the Brown ADD Scales for Children, Adolescents and Adults, and is the author of several books including A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments, and Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD. Dr. Brown has presented workshops across the U.S. and in 44 countries.

    Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. For the past 35 years, Dr. Fletcher has conducted research, published and presented on learning disabilities, attention disorders, and brain injury in children. He directs a Learning Disability Research Center grant funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and has served on the NICHD National Advisory Council and the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

    Dr. Brown will address parents from 7:00 to 9:00 at an evening program entitled “Executive Function, ADHD and Learning: A New Understanding” which will dispel common myths and present research about ADHD, and offer strategies for managing Executive Function issues at home and at school. During the day, Drs. Brown and Fletcher will offer a professional development program for educators and clinicians. In “Beyond the Stereotypes of ADHD and LD: Let the Experts Inform Your Work,” Dr. Brown will present the latest information on ADHD and its impact on emotions and motivation, and offer ways to help underperforming students. Dr. Fletcher will review the cognitive, genetic and neural underpinnings of learning disabilities, and will discuss best practices and current trends in teaching students with LD.

    The Pfau Family Distinguished Speaker Program is underwritten by a grant from the Pfau Family Foundation.

    Photo Caption: Pfau Family Distinguished Speakers (L to R) Dr. Thomas Brown from Yale University and Dr. Jack Fletcher from the University of Houston.

  • Press Release- Friday, January 29, 2016

    celebration 16 committeeSpringer School and Center Development Specialist Kirstin Eismin is excited to announce plans for A Springer Celebration! 2016. The annual fundraising dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at The Center, an event venue in the space formerly occupied by The Contemporary Art Center.

    The unique location perfectly complements the theme for this year’s Celebration – An Artful Evening. It will be a fun and lively event that celebrates the many ways in which art enhances our world, and will feature alumni speakers, as well as live and silent auctions, cocktails and dinner. Silent auction items will be displayed in art-themed arrangements, and a gallery of student art will be available for guests to view.

    Springer Trustees and alumni parents Gina Goings and Martha Millett are co-chairing the event. Both have taken leading roles in previous Celebrations. “Springer is such a unique and valuable resource to Greater Cincinnati,” said Millett. “I’m excited about the opportunity to support an organization that has meant so much to our family and to the community.” Goings said, “The event will have an elegant, art gallery feel, but it will be full of interactive fun at the same time. I’m looking forward to spending a thoroughly enjoyable evening for a great cause!” Springer is pleased to once again welcome Local12 WKRC-TV News Anchor Brad Johansen, who will serve as Emcee for the evening. Auction Chair for the event is Springer parent Robin Carew.

    Springer School and Center is the region’s premier resource for children with learning disabilities and the parents, educators and clinicians who work with them. For more information about A Springer Celebration! 2016, visit www.Springer-LD.org/celebration_16.

    Photo Caption: Springer Celebration Co-Chairs (L to R) Gina Goings of Hyde Park and Martha Millett of Indian Hill, with Development Specialist and Anderson resident Kirstin Eismin.

  • Press Release- Friday, June 5, 2015

    magnified givingSeventh grader Griffin Melson received the Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the May 13 awards ceremony for Magnified Giving, a local nonprofit that gives students hands-on experience with philanthropy. Melson attends Springer School and Center, where the Student Council took on the challenge of investing $1,000 in a worthy charity.

    The students researched local charities from a list provided by Magnified Giving. They then narrowed down the list and invited six organizations to submit grant applications. The students reviewed the applications, and decided which charity would receive their gift.

    “The students really stretched themselves,” said Springer Assistant Principal Siobhan Taylor. “They made phone calls to Development personnel at selected charities and asked them questions about their mission and their effectiveness in accomplishing it. They then shared what they’d learned with one another, and made their decision by vote.”

    The students decided to gift Our Daily Bread, an Over the Rhine ministry that provides warm meals, social services and a place for area residents to socialize.

    “I so appreciate the opportunity to share Our Daily Bread’s programs and services with the students of Springer,” said Director of Development Julia Sharp. “Their compassion and interest is inspiring, and these funds will help us continue to lessen the burdens of poverty in our area.”

    Student Council President Natalie Sparling of Hebron, Kentucky, and several other officers addressed the audience at the award ceremony. Student Council Advisors nominated Melson, a resident of Deerfield Township, for the Roger Grein Spirit Award because of the commitment, time, thought, and energy they saw him put into the Springer Magnified Giving process.

  • Press Release- Friday, May 29, 2015

    celebration 15The Springer community was on its game on Wednesday, April 29, when A Springer Celebration! 2015, Game On! was held at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The 310 guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner, and a variety of hands-on sports-themed activities designed to simulate what it might feel like to negotiate life with a learning disability.

    The emotional high point of the evening was certainly the words of Guest Speaker Michael Wright, an alumnus of Springer and Montgomery resident who played for seven years for the New England Patriots. Mike spoke eloquently about his experiences as a child growing up with a learning disability. He expressed gratitude that he was diagnosed and sent to Springer, where he gained the tools and self-confidence that made subsequent transitions to high school and college smooth and successful.

    Mike had words of assurance for parents of students with learning disabilities – that their kids would be okay. And he had words of encouragement for the children. “The sky’s the limit for each and every one of those kids,” he said, “as long as they believe in themselves and do whatever it takes to get themselves better every single day, and they don’t worry about the noise and the critics who are trying to tell them they can’t, or they’re different, because they’re not. They’re their own person, and they’ll create their own destiny.”

    Mike thanked Springer’s staff, and the generous donors who have supported the school over the years. “The things I learned at Springer will rub off on my children,” he said, “and affect them in a positive way as they did me, and for that I am grateful.”

    The event raised $148,000 that will support financial aid, and school and outreach programs. Guests bid on more than 100 live and silent auction items, and took their chances at three raffle prizes and a 100-bottle wine pull. Local 12 WKRC TV’s Brad Johansen served as emcee for the evening. The Event Chair was alumni parent and former Springer Trustee Nick Spadaccini, and current Springer parent Gina Goings served as Auction Chair.

  • Press Release- Monday, March 30, 2015

    AIR 2015Every student and staff member at Springer School and Center is represented in the two by four foot glass mosaic that hangs in the hall at the Hyde Park school. The mosaic was created during the 2015 Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program under the direction of local glass artist Sandra Gross. Students and staff created the two by two inch squares that make up the mosaic, using bits of glass to fashion houses that reflect their personality. The squares and the final mosaic were fused at Brazee Street Studios, where Gross is owner and director.

    During her residency, Gross met with each class and oversaw their construction of the tiny houses. She also worked with a small group of Upper School students who created larger freestanding works in glass, depicting the home they’d live in if they could live anywhere in the world. The students’ creations and the final mosaic were unveiled at a reception in March.

    Eighth grader Fin Vieh placed his imaginary home on a mountaintop. “It was interesting figuring out how to put the house together,” he said. Skye Colvin had no plan for her house when she began working on it. “It just happened,” she said. “It was fun to do, and I am proud of how it turned out.”

    Gross holds a MFA degree from Miami University and a MEd degree from Xavier University. Her Brazee Street Studios houses 25 professional artist studios, the Brazee Street School of Glass and gallery One One, which features exhibitions in a variety of media.

    The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker, in honor of his late wife Maureen, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer graduates.

  • Press Release- Friday, March 6, 2015

    ReelAbilitiesWhen representatives from ReelAbilities visited Springer School and Center in November, Upper School student Keelin Ware had no idea that in February he’d be enjoying lunch at the Hyatt Regency with Academy Award Winner Marlee Matlin and actor Danny Woodburn, and being awarded a check for $500.

    ReelAbilities is an advocacy group that hosts film festivals around the country with a mission to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. The luncheon Ware attended on February 27, along with his parents and Springer art teacher Corrinne Thaler, marked the kickoff for this year’s ReelAbilities Cincinnati festival.

    Ware received his award for First Place in the ReelAbilities “Different, Like You” art and poetry contest. To be considered, entries were to address stereotypes, point out social stigma, raise questions and/or help explore the meanings of ability and disability in any context, all while focusing on our universal diversity. Thaler set the Springer students the challenge of creating a self-portrait in the style of an established artist.

    “I was surprised and happy to win the contest,” said Ware, a resident of North College Hill. “I liked meeting Marlee Matlin and Danny Woodburn. Especially Danny – he was funny!” Ware’s artwork is in acrylic paint on paper.

    Thaler submitted the students’ self-portraits to the Different, Like You contest, and the organizers liked what they saw so much that many of them were published in a book, “Different, Like You” with Keelin’s portrait on the cover.” ReelAbilities will give the book away, and a copy will be available for viewing in the school library.

  • Press Release- Thursday, February 26, 2015

    wright and spadacciniA Springer Celebration! 2015 will cater to the sports fan in all of us by honoring alumni athletes and featuring sports-themed activities. The guest speaker for the evening will be Michael Wright, Springer alumnus and defensive end for the New England Patriots for seven years. Reminiscent of last year’s fundraiser, Game On! Experience. Learn. Achieve. will feature fun activities for sports enthusiasts and everyone else. Alumni parent and former member of Springer’s Board of Trustees Nick Spadaccini will chair the event this year.

    Wright graduated from Springer School and Center in 1996 and from Purcell Marian High School in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in real estate at the University of Cincinnati, where he played for the Bearcats, who were undefeated during one of his years there. Wright was signed by the New England Patriots in 2005.

    “When I came to the Patriots, there were five guys ahead of me, one of whom was a 5-year pro from Ohio State,” Wright remembered. “I decided I had to do whatever it took, so that at the end I’d have no regrets, no excuses. The Patriots under Bill Belichick is the kind of team that sees in young players what they don’t see in themselves, and they saw something in me.”

    “I’m excited to be involved with Springer’s Celebration because this is where it all started for me,” said Wright. “Springer is where I learned that work ethic outweighs everything.” In his current role as trainer for young athletes, Wright puts to use the lessons he learned at Springer and with the Patriots. “More than physical training, the work I do with kids is focused on body maintenance and mindset as well,” Wright said. “I do a lot of work with the mind-body connection.”

    In line with the athletic theme, the Celebration will be held in the ballroom and concourse that overlook the Musketeers’ basketball arena at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Displays on the concourse will celebrate Springer alumni who have participated in a variety of sports. Local 12 WKRC TV News Anchor Brad Johansen will emcee the evening that will include dinner, cocktails, and live and silent auctions. A Springer Celebration! 2015 happens from 6:30 to 9:00 on Wednesday, April 29. Visit www.Springer-LD.org/celebration_15 for more information.

  • Press Release- Thursday, January 15, 2015

    MIR 14It felt like a tropical day in December, when 2014 Musician in Residence Dr. Chris Tanner brought the island music of Trinidad and Tobago to Springer School and Center. Dr. Tanner is Associate Chair of the Department of Music at Miami University, and the founder and director of the school’s Steel Band. During his weeklong stay at Springer, Dr. Tanner introduced students in all departments to the various elements of a steel band and the history of steel band music. Working with a group of Intermediate students, he gave instruction on the instruments, known as steel pans. At the end of the residency, the students demonstrated what they had learned in a performance at the school’s Holiday Assembly.

    “It was confusing at times, but once I got the hang of it, it’s fun!” said student Nick Comarata about learning the play the steel pans. Isabel Roebel said, “It was a lot of fun to try something new!” The students learned their parts without written music, and played by memory for the performance. “I really liked it,” said Hunter Jones. “But it was hard because you have to remember all the different patterns.”

    “I always enjoy the chance to work with younger students,” remarked Dr. Tanner. “With these students, I was especially struck by their self-awareness – their own awareness of how they learn best. To be in a place where everyone – students, faculty, and staff alike – are unwavering in their common purpose is inspirational. I am proud to have the opportunity to be part of the Springer family for a brief time."

    Dr. Tanner was Springer’s very first Musician in Residence when the program was launched in 1998 to honor former Springer Executive Director Norita Aplin for her 14 years of leadership to the school. He has returned several times, alternating steel band and African drumming for his work with the students. Dr. Tanner is the author of a book on developing a steel pan program for schools, and has released a recording of his original music, and five recordings with the Miami University Steel Band.

  • Press Release- Thursday, November 6, 2014

    visiting author 14Students photographed bearded dragons using iPad minis when they hosted acclaimed author and photographer David FitzSimmons at Springer School and Center on October 28 and 29. FitzSimmons spent two days at Springer, talking with students about his work as a photographer and writer of books about animals, and guiding the students as they created their own photos of a trio of the lizards.

    Students replicated FitzSimmons’ unique style of photographing animals on a pure white background by shooting the animals inside a photographer’s light tent, a cube of translucent fabric. Student Gabrielle Luckenbach said she found the program inspirational. “I liked that he showed us how to zoom in on certain parts of the animal,” she said. “It was cool,” said Ben Garvin. “I’ve never actually taken a picture of such a small animal before.”

    A free-lance writer, photographer and author, FitzSimmons has written numerous books, and his work has been featured in more than 100 calendars. His most recent books include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools and Curious Critters. His photography and writing has appeared in the magazines Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Shutterbug, as well as in newspapers and various online publications.

    Luckenbach and Garvin are Intermediate students at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    JLD 14Two students at Springer School and Center were chosen to have their artwork featured on the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2015. Each year, three works of art are selected from those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.

    Seventh grader Mimi Dietz’s work entitled Op Art features black-outlined colors that create an optical illusion of movement and depth. “When I was little, I loved using markers to show the colors of the rainbow,” said Dietz, a resident of Mt. Lookout. “Our teacher showed me how to add highlights to the colors.”

    Veronica Keil’s piece in printing ink and oil pastels is called Kitty Cat. A third grader and resident of Colerain Township, Keil said, “I mostly get ideas for art from the things that are all around me in my life. I look back in my mind and remember beautiful things I’ve seen, and try to show the beauty in my art. This is a picture of my cat Loki.”

    Dietz and Keil are in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Friday, October 10, 2014

    Hyde Park Art Show 14Two students who attend Springer School and Center received awards for their artwork at the Hyde Park Art Show on October 5, 2014. Eighth grader Josh Campbell won a 3rd place ribbon for his drawing of a leaf in pencil and charcoal. “I’m so happy!” said Campbell, a Loveland resident. “I was surprised at how well the drawing turned out.”

    Seventh grader Reilly Walter’s “op art” drawing in colored pencil also won a 3rd place ribbon. A resident of Hyde Park, Walter was excited to hear her work had won an award. “It took a long time to fill in all the little spaces,” she said, “but I had fun with the project.”

    Both Campbell and Walter are students of Springer art teacher Corrinne Thaler. I’m proud of both students for their awards,” said Thaler. “Josh has a great work ethic, and his blending on the drawing was very well done. Reilly has a wonderful sense of color, and she does a great job choosing colors that go together well."

    Springer School and Center is a day school for children with learning disabilities in Hyde Park.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    celebration 14 PRIt was an evening filled with fun and games for more than 300 guests at Springer School and Center’s annual fundraising event A Springer Celebration! 2014 on May 1. In a spirit of fun and exploration, guests wrestled with tangram puzzles, expressed themselves in works of art and tried their hands at copying words reflected in a mirror. More energetic guests enjoyed jumping in a bounce house or engaged in tricycle races at the event held on Springer’s Hyde Park campus.

    The evening’s activities, which included challenges to memory and perception, were designed to give guests some idea of what it might be like to negotiate school with a learning disability. Springer alumnus and Trustee Casey Boland chaired this year’s event at which he addressed guests, sharing his experience with learning disabilities and the impact Springer has had on his success in school and career.

    celebration 14 PR“It was so great to see people having fun at the event,” said Boland, “but more than that, I was gratified to see people having trouble with some of the activities and experiencing that ‘aha moment’ when they got a glimpse of what it might be like to have a learning disability.”

    Local 12 WKRC TV Sports Director Brad Johansen was on hand as emcee and auctioneer for the evening’s program, themed “Let’s Play!” The event raised $128,000, providing critical financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in our region.

  • Press Release- Monday, April 7, 2014

    celebration 14 logo

    Excitement is building for Springer School and Center’s annual fundraiser, A Springer Celebration! 2014, and one reason is the Grand Prize of a raffle – a 2-year lease on a 2014 Buick Encore, a sporty SUV equipped with OnStar navigation system and SiriusXM satellite radio. The lease is valued at $10,000, and the Grand Prize winner has the option of choosing the lease or an $8,000 cash prize. The car lease is being offered with support from Borcherding Buick GMC. Raffle tickets can be purchased at www.bidpal.net/LetsPlay.

    “I’m pleased to be involved in this way with Springer’s annual Celebration,” said Kim Borcherding, owner of Borcherding Buick GMC, who serves on Springer’s Board of Trustees. “The work Springer is doing for students with learning disabilities, and for their parents and teachers, often turns distress into success.”

    Each raffle ticket, purchased for $50 or three tickets for $125, also buys a chance at one of the three runner-up prizes – a Cincinnati Reds Experience for four, where one guest serves as Captain of the Game, gift cards for gas and groceries, or a pair of iPad minis, each prize valued at $1,000.

    Themed “Let’s Play,” A Springer Celebration! 2014 will be held at Springer’s Hyde Park campus on May 1, 2014. The program includes opportunities to be a kid for an evening, and to get a glimpse into the life of a student with learning disabilities. Local 12 WKRC TV Sports Director Brad Johansen will preside over the program and a live auction featuring travel opportunities to Telluride, Colorado; Whistler, British Columbia and Sanibel Island, Florida. Purchase raffle tickets and tickets for the event at www.bidpal.net/LetsPlay.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    air 13-14For the first time in the 21-year history of the Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program, Springer School and Center welcomed an alumna as the featured artist. Emily Moorhead attended Springer’s day school in the 1990s, and now works as an artist in Chicago.

    Moorhead spoke with each class at Springer during her two-week residency, and worked closely with a group of 18 Upper School students as they designed and created working kites. “It was important to me that the students have the opportunity to work in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media,” said Moorhead. “The students cut templates in acetate sheets, and then stenciled their 2-dimensional designs in ink onto sheets of fabric. The kites were then constructed by sewing the fabric onto a framework of wooden dowels.”

    Upper School student Jonathan Solzsmon found Moorhead’s leadership of the project to be inspirational. “She inspired me to work hard,” he said, “because she said that if I liked the result, it didn’t matter what anyone else thought of it.” Student Cameron Adams agreed that he felt freedom to be creative. “Some people were good at drawing, and others were good at sewing,” he added, “so we helped each other with our kites.”

    Moorhead holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University. In addition to her studio practice in Chicago, Moorhead designs and manages an artist resource website, and works as art handler/preparator and registrarial assistant at Loyola and Northwestern Universities in Chicago.

    The Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence program was established in 1993 by Paul Wenker, in honor of his late wife Maureen, a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer graduates.

  • Press Release- Thursday, February 6, 2014

    casey bolandSpringer School and Center’s annual fundraising dinner will offer grown-ups a chance to be a kid again. A Springer Celebration! 2014, themed Let’s Play! An Evening as a Child, is set for May 1, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. In addition to dinner, cocktails and live and silent auctions, there will be a wide variety of fun activities, from playing with Silly Putty and pickup sticks to mini golf and tricycle races.

    Local 12 WKRC-TV Sports Director Brad Johansen will emcee the program and conduct the live auction. Borcherding Buick GMC is supporting a raffle in which the grand prize will be the option of a 24-month lease on a 2014 Buick Encore or an $8,000 cash prize. The Encore is a sporty SUV equipped with OnStar, GMC’s auto safety and navigation system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Routine scheduled maintenance is included for the duration of the lease. Some restrictions apply. Exciting runner-up prizes include a Reds Experience valued at $2,000, gifts cards for gas and groceries valued at $1,000, and His and Her iPad minis valued at $1,000.

    Chairing the event is Springer alumnus Casey Boland, who attended Springer in the 1980s, and now serves on the nonprofit’s Board of Trustees. “I was honored to be asked to chair this year’s Celebration,” he said. “We’re planning some activities that will help people experience what it might be like to have a learning disability, and others that are just plain fun!”

    Springer School and Center empowers students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6 - 14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers.

    For more information: 871-6080 ext. 213 or www.springer-ld.org/celebration_2014

  • Press Release- Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    mir 13-14Students at Springer School and Center enjoyed working with two members of the Cincinnati Opera during the 2013-14 Norita Aplin Musician in Residence Program. Contralto La’Shelle Allen and Bass-Baritone Claude Cassion met with every classroom at Springer to share their love for opera, and then worked with a select group of Intermediate students to prepare for their performance of a simplified version of The Magic Flute at the holiday assembly on the last day before Winter Break.

    Allen and Cassion performed at Springer last spring, and the students enjoyed their visit so much that the singers were invited to return as Musicians in Residence for this school year. Allen made her debut with Houston Grand Opera in the ensemble of Show Boat, and is looking forward to her participation with Cincinnati Opera for the 2013-14 season. Later this year, she will join the American Spiritual Ensemble for a tour in Spain. Cassion made his Cincinnati Opera debut in 2012 when he played the role of Doctor Grenville in La Traviata. He will be singing in several of Cincinnati Opera's productions this season as well.

    During her stay at Springer, Allen received news that she will be performing at the Royal Danish Theatre this year, in 30 performances of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She announced her good news at the holiday assembly.

    “We tried to make the residency fun for the students, and started with games to loosen them up,” said Allen and Cassion about their work with the young performers. The students learned lines, songs and action for their production, and wrote several of their own arrangements of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in small groups. Allen and Cassion’s goals for the students was that they would learn about Mozart’s life, and come to see themselves as arrangers, having that in common with the famous composer.

    “It was fulfilling to see the kids retaining the information they learned about Mozart and about opera,” said Cassion. “You could see it sticking with them.” Allen agreed. “It made me cry to see how well they had memorized their parts,” she said. “Many of the children memorized long passages of information, without being prompted to do so. There was an enthusiasm in their presentation that will surely stay with me in my memories of my time here.”

    Established in 1998, The Norita Aplin Musician in Residence Program honors former Springer Executive Director Dr. Norita Aplin for her 14 years of leadership at Springer. Dr. Aplin and her husband Stanley Ragle were in attendance for the students’ final performance.

  • Press Release- Friday, November 8, 2013

    jld art 11/13Two students at Springer School and Center were chosen to have their artwork featured on the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2014. Each year, three works of art are selected from those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.

    Eighth grader Will Goderwis’ work in watercolor and oil pastel was inspired by Animal Planet. “I thought it would be cool to create a lion hiding in the bushes getting ready to attack,” said Will of the piece he calls Hiding in the Forest.

    Annika Sandman’s piece in clay is entitled Mexican Sun. “It was originally made to hang in front of a light,” said Annika. “You would put a light behind it, and when you turn it on, the light shines through the pretty colors, just like the Mexican sun.”

    Will and Annika are in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Friday, October 25, 2013

    dancer eagleStudents at Springer School and Center in Hyde Park collaborated with Oregon artist Daniel Dancer this week to create a piece of art best viewed from atop a 50-foot crane. Wearing black shirts, Springer students and staff members each served as a drop of paint, filling in the outline of an eagle fashioned from mulch, sand and fabric on the school’s lawn. Groups of students worked with Dancer to arrange the materials on the lawn before the entire school gathered to create the visual effect, which was photographed from above.

    Dancer’s artwork came with a message – something he calls “skysight.” “You know the old saying, you can’t see the forest for the trees? Skysight is the ability all humans have to see the whole first,” said Dancer. “Training our imaginations to awaken our skysight, to rise above our problems and see the elusive Grand Picture and how each part fits into the whole, is a vital skill that can lead us to the most creative solutions to our problems.”

    Springer’s Center Program Coordinator Barbara Hunter sees Dancer’s concept of skysight as analogous to the strategies the school teaches to help children with learning disabilities find success. “We teach students that they must take a step back and observe themselves as learners,” said Hunter. “What are their strengths? Where are their pitfalls? What strategies will help them to realize the goals they’ve set for themselves?”

    Using still and video photography, Dancer produced a video that captured the process, the product, and the energy and enthusiasm displayed by students as they worked. A still photo and the video, which can be seen at http://vimeo.com/77743545, are all that remain of the artwork, created in honor of Springer’s mascot. “Art that leaves no trace is a lesson in impermanence,” said Dancer. “Children bodily experience the impermanent nature of all things as the image dissolves at the conclusion of the event.”

    This project was made possible through the Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence fund, which was created in memory of a Springer supporter and alumni parent.

  • Press Release- Monday, October 7, 2013

    2013 new trusteesSpringer School and Center is pleased to welcome four new members to the Board of Trustees for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Dora Anim (top, left photo) currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, Health Collaborative and HealthBridge, where she leads efforts to define the implementation plan of large strategic initiatives. Previously, she served as the Vice President, Quality and Data, at the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, where she managed the Data Services division and key quality improvement, patient safety and health transformation initiatives for Health Council hospital members. In addition, Dora plays an integral role in the management of the Southwest Ohio Community Care Transitions Collaborative. This collaboration brings together hospitals, physicians, health information technology, and community-based programs to address specific factors that contribute to hospital readmissions in the frail and elderly population.

    Dora has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati and currently serves on the board of the Suzuki Cooperative of Cincinnati Public Schools and Women Excel Executive Advisory Board for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. 

    Lynwood Battle’s (top, right) career with Procter & Gamble spanned 28 years. At the time of his retirement from P&G, he was the Manager of Diversity. In that role he coordinated the company’s affirmative action and equal employment policies. These programs were recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s prestigious Opportunity 2000 Award, which is presented to only one company annually. 

    Prior to joining P&G, Lynwood was commissioned into the U.S. Army Field Artillery, and served in the Panama Canal Zone and in Vietnam, for which he earned two Bronze Star Medals.

    Lynwood has served on numerous boards locally and nationally.  He currently serves as a trustee for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens and The Charter Committee.  Previously, he served for eight years as a member of the Cincinnati Board of Education, including two years as its President.

    He is a third generation mortician in the family business, the J.C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home, and serves on the board of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. 

    Ann Munson Steines (bottom, right) is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Macy’s, Inc. Her responsibilities include managing the Corporate, Credit, Retail Operations, Employment, and Benefits attorneys and legal professionals based in Macy’s Atlanta, Cincinnati, New York, San Francisco and St. Louis law offices. 

    Ann is active with various organizations focused on different aspects of diversity and inclusion.  She presently serves on the Steering Committee of the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and she chairs the Planning Subcommittee for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. 

    Ann is a past President and member of the Board of Trustees of Tender Mercies, Inc., and past board member of the Stepping Stones Center. She holds a law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law. 

    Patricia Towbin (bottom, left) received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati.  She is certified as an Educational Diagnostician and teacher in the area of Special Education and Elementary Education, specializing in working with students who have learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, and attention and behavioral difficulties. 

    Over the past 30 years, Patti has worked in public and private school programs.  Prior to returning to Cincinnati in 2009, she was part of a Multi-Disciplinary private practice group consisting of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Educators and Speech and Language Pathologists, addressing the educational needs of students between the ages of 4 and 21. 

    In her current position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Patti consults with parents, school personnel, and medical professionals, and assists in developing and implementing individual education plans and teaching strategies. 

    Patti currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of 4C for Children, which focuses on high-quality early education and care.

  • Press Release- Friday, May 3, 2013

    Actor, producer, director and author Henry Winkler addressed a record-setting audience at Springer School and Center’s fundraising event A Springer Celebration! 2013 on April 24. Winkler shared with 470 attendees the story of his struggles in school as a youngster in New York City. Unaware that he was contending with dyslexia, Winkler suffered low self-esteem because of his poor scholastic performance, but persevered, ultimately earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.

    Not until his stepson was diagnosed with dyslexia was Winkler’s own diagnosis made, at age 30. Since then, Winkler has become a champion of children with learning disabilities and has co-written more than 20 children’s books that convey his message to them: “no matter how you learn, it has nothing to do with your brilliance. You have greatness inside you.”

    Winkler’s appearance marks his second visit to A Springer Celebration! The actor spoke at the event in 2004.

    Springer alumni parents David and Martha Millett chaired the event. Martha is a member of Springer’s Board of Trustees. Local 12 WKRC TV Sports Director Brad Johansen was on hand as emcee and auctioneer for the evening’s program, themed “Reach for the Stars: An Evening with Henry Winkler.” Proceeds from the event will provide critical financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in our region.

  • Press Release- Friday, March 1, 2013

    henry winklerActor, director, producer and author Henry Winkler will visit Cincinnati on April 24 to speak at A Springer Celebration! 2013. At the annual fundraising event supporting Springer School and Center in Hyde Park, Winkler will reflect on his difficulty in school, his diagnosis of dyslexia at age 30, and his advocacy efforts for children with learning disabilities.

    Winkler has directed his advocacy toward making changes in the educational system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges. His mission meshes with Springer’s mission to empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives.

    “Springer empowers students through its day school,” says Springer’s Center Director Barbara Hunter, “and also through its outreach programs for students, parents and professionals.” This summer the center will offer Adventures in Summer Learning, 2- and 4-week programs for students entering grades 1 through 8 that prepare them for success in the following school year.

    Two summer programs for professionals will offer training in Executive Dysfunction and ADHD, and in reading instruction for students with diverse learning needs. For more information, visit www.springer-ld.org or call 513 871-6080 ext. 402.

    For information on Henry Winkler’s visit, go to www.springer-ld.org/celebration_2013 or call 513 871-6080 ext. 213.

  • Press Release- Thursday, January 3, 2013

    mir 12-13Returning for his third visit to Springer School and Center, Jim McCutcheon spent seven days working with students through the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program.

    Known as "The Guitar Man," McCutcheon plays a variety of fretted instruments, including guitar, banjo, ukulele, lute and the Bolivian charango. He performs publicly, composes original music, produces CDs, hosts a weekly program on Dayton Public Radio and offers school programs for both students and teachers.

    During his stay at Springer, McCutcheon spoke with every class, explaining and demonstrating the many instruments he brought with him. Students had an opportunity to touch or even play many of the instruments, and they learned the structural components that all the instruments share.

    McCutcheon then worked more closely with a group of 21 Intermediate students, teaching them songs on the ukulele that they performed on the final day of the program. The students played both traditional folk tunes, and a song McCutcheon wrote specifically for Springer. "To play the ukulele before an audience in only a week gives the students experience at training themselves to do complicated things quickly. Not only have they negotiated the songs on the ukulele, but they have sung along at the same time."

    McCutcheon uses the ukulele for student programs because it is easier to manage than a guitar. "It's simpler because it has only four strings," he says. "And I tune the strings a bit low so that they are looser and easier to play."

    "Springer is a marvelous place," says McCutcheon. "The support from the staff is stellar, and the kids are great! I feel a real connection with Springer."

    The Musician in Residence program is made possible through a fund established in honor of Dr. Norita Aplin, recognizing her 14 years of leadership at Springer.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    henry winklerActor, producer, director and author Henry Winkler will be the guest speaker for A Springer Celebration! 2013, Springer School and Center’s premier fundraising event. It will be Winkler's second appearance at the annual event.

    Springer’s mission to empower children with learning disabilities to lead successful lives is of special interest to Winkler. When he was 30, he learned it was dyslexia that had made school a challenge for him as a child. Coming to that understanding prompted Winkler to write children’s books about a boy who has a learning disability. The popular "Hank Zipzer" series features 17 books about the "world's greatest underachiever."

    A Springer Celebration! 2013 will be held April 24, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and will feature cocktails and dinner, raffles and auctions. Local 12 WKRC-TV Sports Director Brad Johansen will return to serve as emcee for the evening and to preside over a live auction.

    David and Martha Millett of Indian Hill are Co-Chairs for the event this year. “We are so honored to be chairing A Springer Celebration! 2013,” said Martha Millett. “As an educator, alumni parent and board member, I’ve seen the wonderful work that Springer does throughout our community. We are especially thrilled this year to be welcoming Henry Winkler.”

    Proceeds support financial aid and outreach programs. Call 871-6080 ext. 213 or visit www.springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Monday, December 10, 2012

    robert brooksRobert Brooks, PhD, one of today’s leading speakers on motivation, resilience and family relationships, will address parents and professionals in separate programs on January 22, 2013.

    In an evening program for parents entitled “Less Stress, More Balance: Keys to a Resilient Family,” Dr. Brooks will explore work/family balance, problem solving and decision-making as a family. The program will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Pre-registration is required (www.springer-ld.org).

    From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the same day, Dr. Brooks will work with teachers, psychologists and other professionals, guiding them in exploring the mindset they bring to their work with children and exploring the concepts of student engagement and resilience. The workshop, entitled “Increasing Student Engagement: Strategies for Developing Motivated, Resilient Learners,” will also be held at the Schiff Family Conference Center.

    “With years of experience working hand-in-hand with children, parents and the professionals who support them, Dr. Brooks brings a wealth of knowledge and anecdotal humor to his presentations,” said Barbara Hunter, Center Director at Springer School and Center. “We know that part of reducing stressors in our lives is about having the tools to handle them. Dr. Brooks will provide parents with specific tools and much more.” Springer is partnering with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to sponsor Dr. Brooks’ visit.

    During the past 30 years, Dr. Brooks has presented nationally and internationally to thousands of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people, with a message based on encouragement, hope and resilience. A clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brooks has published several books, including Raising Resilient Children, The Self Esteem Teacher and Raising a Self Disciplined Child. 

    Dr. Brooks’ visit is sponsored by the Family Resource Center and the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and by Springer School and Center. Tickets for the parent programs are $25. Registration for the professional program is $160 until January 4, and $180 afterward. Register for either parent or professional programs online at www.springer-ld.org or by calling 513 871-6080 ext. 402.

  • Press Release- Thursday, November 15, 2012

    AIR 12-13Known around the world for his luminous paintings, Cincinnati artist Tom Bacher spent two weeks at Springer School and Center as the 2012-13 Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence.

    Bacher developed his unique process for creating luminous paintings in the 1970s, and his artwork is now featured in galleries in New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. A selection of Bacher's work is currently on display in Paris, and six of his luminous paintings of Cincinnati adorn the double staircase outside the entrance to the Hall of Mirrors at Cincinnati's Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel.

    The artist gave a presentation on his work to each class at Springer, and then spent extended time working with a group of 24 Upper School students, who created their own luminous paintings under his direction.

    “It was a privilege for me to have spent two weeks with the students at Springer,” said Bacher. “I learned more from the kids than they did from me, I’m sure. The time went by way too fast!”

    On November 9, the final day of Bacher's stay, the artist and students presented their paintings at a reception for parents and staff. The reception was attended by Paul Wenker, who established the program in memory of his late wife Maureen, who was a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer graduates. This is the program's 21st year.

  • Press Release- Monday, October 29, 2012

    new board 12The Board of Trustees at Springer School and Center added four new members for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Casey Boland, resident of Bridgetown and a Springer alumnus, is a Vice President at Hengehold Capital Management in Cincinnati. Boland is featured daily on the radio spot “Money Matters” on 700 WLW, where he offers his expertise on investing for retirement. He is a member of the 2012 Cincinnati Leadership Class for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society. Prior to his appointment to the board, Boland was an ex-officio member of Springer’s Development Committee.

    Since 2010, Patty Wolff, an electrical engineer, is Security Director for dunnhumbyUSA. Her career has included engineering management positions at Procter and Gamble, Hewlett-Packard and the Kroger Company. She is an Edgewood resident, and parent of a 2003 Springer alumnus. “Springer changed our lives,” Wolff said. “I always felt I wanted to give back more than I was able to. With my children in college, now is the time!”

    A 1991 graduate and recipient of the Springer Outstanding Achiever Award, Kenwood resident Mimi Cooper Gerwin has a background in education and school counseling. She is an administrative assistant for Frost Brown Todd, and has worked as the After School Services Supervisor for the Children’s Home of Cincinnati. “When offered the opportunity,” said Gerwin, “I jumped at the chance to give back to a school that has given so much to me.” 

    Ashley Rouster of Erlanger is Volunteer Coordinator for the Interfaith Hospitality Network. She has been employed as Administrator in FemCare Research and Development at Procter & Gamble, and in program outreach and funds development at Women Helping Women. Rouster founded and was president of the Young Professionals of Women Helping Women, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has also served as Development Chair for the Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators Board of Directors.

  • Press Release- Friday, October 26, 2012

    griffin melsonThe artwork of 11-year-old Griffin Melson was chosen to be featured on the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2013. Each year, three works of art are selected from those submitted by students with learning disabilities from across the country.

    “I’ve enjoyed art for as long as I can remember,” said Griffin, who lives in Maineville. His watercolor painting, called “Winken, Blinken and Nod,” depicts a sailboat Griffin drew by visualizing it in his mind. “I used water to show wind blowing from the clouds,” he said. “It’s the same scene in warm and cool colors.”

    Griffin is a fifth grader in Corrinne Thaler’s art class at Springer School and Center, a Hyde Park school devoted to the education of students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8.

  • Press Release- Monday, May 14, 2012

    springer alumsAlumni of Springer School and Center addressed a gathering of 300 at A Springer Celebration! 2012 on May 2. A 2000 graduate of Springer, Leia Greathouse described going to school and learning as “painful, frustrating and demoralizing” before she transferred to the school for children with learning disabilities in the 6th grade.

    Once at Springer, Leia said, “I no longer pretended to be sick in a transparent attempt to hide, but became so involved in my learning that I independently sought out my teachers, asking for more homework so I could prepare for what I thought high school would be like.” Leia now has a Master’s degree and is employed as a speech and language pathologist.

    Three other alumni shared their stories at Springer’s premier fundraising event, which raised $112,000 for financial aid and outreach programs. Springer graduate in 1997 B.J. Hill spoke of his struggle to address his learning disability and of his success at Thomas More College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Antioch University. Friends from their Springer days, Matthew Selker and Devon Rich (’96) spoke together about the difference Springer had made in their lives. Both are now college graduates and financial advisors in Cincinnati, and remain close friends.

    randy and nancy cooperThe event was chaired by Nancy Cooper, whose husband, Randy Cooper, is President of Springer’s Board of Trustees. Local 12 WKRC TV Sports Director Brad Johansen was on hand as emcee and auctioneer for the evening’s program, themed “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Proceeds from the event will provide critical financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in our region.

  • Press Release- Friday, March 23, 2012

    US walk a thonStudents at Springer School and Center raised more than $3,900 for American Red Cross tornado relief efforts this week. When the March 2 tornadoes struck the tri-state area, Upper School students at Springer were in the midst of brainstorming a project through which they could help others. They generated a list of worthy causes and then took a vote. Tornado relief was the overwhelming favorite.

    The two-mile walk-a-thon is part of the students’ participation in Springer’s “All School Quest,” an annual activity in which students of every grade level explore a common theme and share their discoveries through a variety of media. The theme for this year’s Quest, “Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!” encourages students to learn about health and wellness.

    “The students wanted to do something that was good for them, and good for others,” said Upper School teacher Sharon Schinasi. “So they’re walking for their health while raising funds for people in need.” The students planned and organized the walk, created flyers, donation forms and posters for the school halls, and made a colorful banner to stretch across the “finish line.”

    Along the walk route, parents set up and manned refreshment stations stocked with water, bananas and granola generously donated by the Kroger Co. “I am in awe that the students had such a great idea,” said Schinasi, “and they did a superb job of organizing and making it happen!”

  • Press Release- Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Parents of a child with ADHD are well aware of the effects on their child’s functioning at home and at school. A series of programs by internationally recognized expert Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., will update both parents and professionals on the current research-based understanding of the disorder, and how it can be treated and managed.

    “Because ADHD can be so disruptive to a child’s education and to the life of the family, we felt it was important to bring Dr. Barkley to Cincinnati to share the results of his recent research with both parents and professionals,” said Barbara Hunter, Center Director at Springer School and Center. Springer is teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to sponsor a full day program for professionals and two evening programs for parents during Dr. Barkley’s April visit. The programs will address issues related to ADHD, and also executive function, the collection of cognitive processes that allow a person to plan, organize and achieve goals.

    Dr. Barkley will present two parent programs entitled “Executive Function, ADHD and the Struggling Child.” An April 16 presentation, “What Does It All Mean?” will describe our current understanding of executive function and ADHD and the implications for management and treatment. The April 17 program, “Strategies for Managing at Home and School,” will focus on methods for strategic intervention. Both programs will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Pre-registration is required (www.springer-ld.org).

    On April 17, Dr. Barkley will address the professional community at a workshop entitled “Emotional Dysregulation, Executive Function and the ADHD Child: Current Research and Practical Application.” The program will include afternoon breakout sessions for educators and clinicians.

    A clinical scientist, educator, author and practitioner, Dr. Barkley has established research clinics for both child and adult ADHD, has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters on the subject, and has received numerous awards for his work in ADHD.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    nancy cooper“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” will be the theme for A Springer Celebration! 2012, the premier fundraising event for Springer School and Center. On May 2, the Hilton Netherland Hall of Mirrors will resemble a page from a Dr. Seuss book for an evening that will feature dinner and cocktails, auctions and raffles, and visits from Springer alumni who will share stories of the Places They’ve Gone.

    Local 12 WKRC-TV Sports Director Brad Johansen will return this year to serve as emcee for the evening and to preside over a live auction.

    Event Chair and Indian Hill resident Nancy Cooper is the wife of Springer’s Board of Trustees President, Randy Cooper. “The loving, knowledgeable, and endlessly patient support of the Springer staff and administration cannot be overstated,” says Nancy. “Randy and I believe Springer School and Center is a jewel in our Queen City's crown, and I look forward to helping with A Springer Celebration! so that more families can benefit from the Springer experience as we did.”

    Proceeds support financial aid and outreach programs. Call 871-6080 ext. 213 or visit www.springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Friday, February 17, 2012

    ingrid law skypeStudents in Kristina Williams' class at Springer School and Center recently had an opportunity to meet Newbery Honor Award winning author Ingrid Law. The sixth- and seventh-graders enjoyed a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Ms. Law through Skype.

    The students prepared for the meeting by reading one of Law's books, researching her biography on the Internet and generating questions they would like to ask. They asked their questions in groups, standing in front of a camera so that the author could see them as she spoke with them.

    Williams scheduled her class to read the book, Savvy, this year, then by coincidence met the author at a children’s literature conference. She asked if Law would be available to come to Springer for an author visit. Law was not able to come for a visit, but instead suggested the Skype encounter.

    On the day of the scheduled meeting, heavy snow in Boulder, Colorado, disrupted Internet service at the writer’s home. Law drove to local wifi hotspot, where she made connection by phone and spoke with the students from the front seat of her car.

    "It was a wonderful experience!” said Williams. “Many students expressed that the entire process brought more meaning to the reading of Savvy. I am grateful to Ms. Law because this event built a stronger community of readers. The students now have a common language when discussing the book."

  • Press Release- Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    musical '12Exciting! Fun! Scary!

    Those are the words students used to describe their involvement in the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program at Springer School and Center this year.

    The Musician in Residence for 2011 was actor, singer, director and teacher John Bromels. Bromels is an accomplished playwright, whose work has been produced up and down the east coast. He has received a Kennedy Center medal for playwriting, and another for dramatic criticism, and has worked with theater companies in New York, New Mexico and Florida.

    During his two-week residency at Springer, Bromels worked with a group of Intermediate students daily. On the final day of his stay, he directed the students in a musical production that was custom written for Springer and borrowed music from Seussical, The Musical.

    “I wanted to create a production that involved every student in music, dance and acting,” said Bromels. “As a result, many characters were played by multiple students, but each student had at least one solo line, and all had opportunities to dance and sing.”

    Intermediate student Jake Bambauer said he’d never done anything like this before, but he found the experience to be fun and especially enjoyed working on the production with his friends. “I learned how important it is to be respectful of the people I was working with,” said Jake. “I had to listen and pay attention, or I wouldn’t know what I was supposed to do.”

    Bromels’ two-week residency was not his first visit to Springer. He has taught an After School Program in drama and has worked with Upper School students during a unit on musical theater.

    The Musician in Residence program is made possible through a fund established in honor of Dr. Norita Aplin, recognizing her 14 years of leadership at Springer.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    josh neilsSpringer School and Center student Josh Neils’ colorful giraffe will dance across the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2012. Josh’s painting, entitled “Find Your Own Music,” was one of three artworks selected by the Hammill Institute on Disabilities for display on the cover of the journal this year. The Institute received more than 80 submissions for the annual contest. Entries must be original artwork created by individuals with learning disabilities.

    A third grade student of art teacher Corrinne Thaler, Josh tried to think about a human dancing when he created his picture. He said, “The giraffe in my picture was dancing and feeling the music. I feel really good about my art being on the cover of this magazine, and I hope people who see it will want to create art too." 

    Josh used watercolors, crayons, construction paper and markers to create his award-winning artwork. His design was inspired by the children’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.

    For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners. Springer offers a day school for students aged 6-14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area.

  • Press Release- Thursday, September 8, 2011

    rick blum and casey jonesSpringer School and Center is pleased to announce its Board of Trustees for the 2011-2012 school year. Raymond F. Cooper, II, president of Myers Y. Cooper Company, returns for his second year as Board President. Sean McGrory, CFO for Miller Valentine Group, will also retain his position as Vice President. Matthew Blickensderfer, of Frost Brown Todd, LLC, has been named Treasurer, and Board Secretary Nicholas Spadaccini, Regional Vice President for American Beacon Advisors, continues in his role.

    Two new members join the Board of Trustees this year. Richard J. Blum (left in photo) is a former President of Springer’s Board (1999-2001) and an alumni parent. Recently retired from his role as President and CEO of CECO, a world leader in clean air solutions for industry, Blum is turning his attention to service on several corporate and community boards. In addition to serving on Springer's Board from 1993 to 2002, Blum has been Director and Board Chair for Ursuline Academy and Advisory Board Member for The Hamilton Caster Company. 

    New Board member Casey D. Jones (right) is a Principal in the Capital Strategies Group at Fifth Third Bank with a particular focus in advisory work for healthcare companies and financial sponsor groups. He serves on advisory boards for several community and educational organizations including The Future, a young professionals group supporting the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Niehoff Lecture Series at the Mercantile Library, and he is an Executive Mentor at the Williams School of Business at Xavier University.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    five speakersGreat American Ball Park was alive with peace signs, tie-dyed T-shirts and ‘70s music on April 27th, as nearly 300 friends of Springer School and Center gathered for A Springer Celebration! 2011.

    Dr. Mark Helmick, a psychologist at Springer for 36 of its 40 years, took the assemblage on a tour of the decades and introduced four guest speakers, Springer alumni from across the years.

    Graduates Peter Cholak (’74), Chelsey Schneider (’88), Mike Kamphake (’92) and Alan Kleesattel (’06) spoke of the powerful impact a Springer education had on their lives. Schneider gave “full credit” to Springer for helping her to achieve success in her career as a middle school psychologist, and Kamphake noted, “Springer did not change my life – it gave me a life!”

    The event was chaired by Springer Trustee Kim Vincent. "I would like to say thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to celebrate with us, and for each of the alumni who so movingly shared their stories,” said Vincent. “It was an unforgettable evening, and all for an important cause."

    Local 12 WKRC-TV Sports Director Brad Johansen emceed the evening’s program and served as auctioneer. Net proceeds from this year’s Celebration, Springer’s premier fundraising event, exceeded $100,000 and will be used to provide critical financial aid and outreach programs for the children and families affected by learning disabilities in our region.

  • Press Release- Monday, April 11, 2011

    pennies for peace“The power of a story” was proven at Springer School and Center in March. Inspired by Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea, students in several Intermediate grade classes collected 20,900 pennies for donation to Pennies for Peace, a nonprofit organization founded by Mortenson that provides educational materials for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan who have limited access to schools.

    Each spring, Springer students of every grade level pursue an “All School Quest” in which they explore a common theme and share their discoveries through a variety of media. The theme for this year’s Quest was “The Power of a Story.” “The students chose to demonstrate that power in a very tangible way,” said Intermediate teacher Kim Lankford. “They were wonderfully creative in their ideas for ways to collect the pennies.”

    The Pennies project prompted another outreach idea among Intermediate students. Four classes worked together to gather more than 200 gently used books. Some of the books will be given to the Star Club in Over-the-Rhine, a ministry that provides tutoring in science, technology, arithmetic and reading. Others will fulfill a Wish List request for the Salvation Army’s Youth Development Program.

    night nightStudents in Primary level classes were moved by the Quest theme in a different way. “The ‘power of a story’ for our Primary children was developing an understanding that no child should go to bed without a soft warm blanket, stuffed animal and a wonderful book to enjoy,” said teacher Pam Thomas. Each student made a “no-sew” blanket and donated a picture book. These, along with a stuffed animal for each, went into “Night Night Packages,” which will be distributed to homeless children through Project Night Night, an organization that donates more than 25,000 packages each year.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    leader luncheonIn celebration of Springer School and Center’s 40th anniversary, former Board Presidents and Executive Directors of the school gathered for a luncheon on March 10. All four of the women who have served as the school’s Executive Directors since its establishment in 1971 were on hand, joined by eight Board Presidents.

    "It was a great honor to sit at the table with the people who made Springer what it is today," said current Board President Randy Cooper. Each of those in attendance shared anecdotes from which a common theme emerged – Springer’s commitment to advances in the education of children with learning disabilities.

    "Springer's 40th anniversary is an excellent time to recognize those who preceded us," noted 2008-09 and 2009-10 Board President Tom Leugers. "I enjoyed every minute (of the luncheon). I knew about decisions that had been made in the past, but it was fascinating to hear the 'whys' behind those decisions."

    The gathering was attended by previous Executive Directors Sr. Mary Jean Fields, Sr. Marianne Van Vurst, Dr. Norita Aplin and current Executive Director Shelly Weisbacher. Board Presidents in attendance included Richard Niedhard, Tony Hobson, Garret Frey, Russ Wilson, Ernie Lewis, Tom Leugers, Paul Wenker and Randy Cooper.

    Photo caption: Springer Executive Director Shelly Weisbacher (from left) welcomed current Board President Randy Cooper and former Presidents Richard Niedhard and Paul Wenker in celebration of the school’s 40th Anniversary.

  • Press Release- Thursday, February 17, 2011

    40th logoThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Springer School and Center’s establishment as an independent school for children with learning disabilities. “For 40 years, Springer has pursued its mission of empowering children with learning disabilities to lead successful lives,” says Executive Director Shelly Weisbacher. “While much has changed since 1971 when Springer was first established as a school for children with learning disabilities, the core of what we do remains steadfast – we teach children the skills and strategies they need to get back on track.”

    The stories of those successes are central to Springer’s year-long celebration, and to the crowning event of the year, A Springer Celebration! 2011, slated for April 27 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Great American Ball Park. Themed Back to 1971, the evening of dining, cocktails and music from the ‘70s will be punctuated with stories of Springer alumni from across four decades. Local 12 WKRC Sports Director Brad Johansen will bring his energy to a live auction, and items will be available for raffle as well. Springer thanks Event Chair and school trustee Kim Vincent for coordinating the celebration.

    In honor of Springer’s 40th, the four women who have served as the school’s Executive Directors since its establishment in 1971 gathered in January to reminisce and celebrate the school’s history as a resource to the community. For more information or to purchase tickets for A Springer Celebration! 2011, call 513.871.6080 x213 or visit www.springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, December 29, 2010

    MIR 10Dr. Chris Tanner from Miami University recently visited the Springer School and Center as the 2010 Musician in Residence. Through the art of African drumming, Tanner helped Springer students broaden their experience beyond the Western music with which they are so familiar. "The students won't gain expertise in African drumming," said Dr. Tanner, "but they will learn something about the structure of music, about awareness and attention and about learning by imitation."

    Tanner's week-long visit was made possible by the Norita Aplin Musician in Residence program, which was established in 1997 as a way to honor the former Springer executive director for her 14 years of leadership to the school. Tanner spoke with all students during his stay and worked more closely with small groups of selected students who gave a performance at the end of the week.

    "Reading musical notation is a challenge for some of our students," said Springer music teacher Judy McMahon. "As African drumming is taught in a 'call and response' manner, it is a perfect way for those students to learn. Dr. Tanner brings so much energy to his teaching." Tanner was Springer's first Musician in Residence and has visited several times since the inception of the program.

  • Press Release- Monday, October 4, 2010

    lavoieSpringer School and Center and the Family Resource Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center welcomes Richard Lavoie, an internationally recognized author and advocate for students with learning disabilities and attention issues. Mr. Lavoie will present an educational program for parents on Wednesday, October 27. Based on Lavoie’s book by the same name, the program “The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child” will be presented at the Schiff Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Parents from all over the tri-state are invited to come and learn how to identify their child’s unique “motivational style” and to design strategies that will inspire the child to reach his or her potential. Mr. Lavoie will dispel common myths about motivation, and arm parents with tools for maintaining motivation throughout the school year. Best known for his video “How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop,” Richard Lavoie holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at numerous universities. He has appeared on several national television programs, and has addressed a number of service agencies and professional and advocacy organizations about helping children find success in school and in life. Tickets for the parent evening are $20, or $25 after October 18. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 513.871.6080 x402 or visit www.springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Friday, March 12, 2010

    Springer School and Center will hold its annual A Springer Celebration! event on May 5, 2010, this year featuring Dana Buchman, fashion designer, author and mother of a daughter with learning disabilities.

    Ms. Buchman has directed her own fashion label for 20 years, and now designs the Dana Buchman collection at Kohl’s.  Along with her daughter, Charlotte, she has also written A Special Education, a book about their family’s journey in coming to terms with learning disabilities.

    Guests can look forward to hearing anecdotes from Ms. Buchman’s personal story of navigating the maze of issues having a child with learning disabilities brings.  The evening will also include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent and live auction, raffle, and dinner.  Brad Johansen from Local 12 will act as Emcee for this event, which is held to increase awareness about learning disabilities and to raise funding for financial aid and outreach programs. 

    Planning and work for A Springer Celebration! 2010 is being spearheaded by event chairs, Margie Tondow and Betsy Ayres.  Tickets for A Springer Celebration! are $125 per person, or host a table of 8 for $1,250.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 513.871.6080 x213 or email dnichols@springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, at least 5 percent, and likely more, of school age children have severe problems with learning.

    What is a learning disability?

    A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with the ability to acquire, process, store or produce information.  It creates a significant discrepancy between an individual’s intellectual potential and his/her success with any of the following: listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, and mathematics.

    For almost 40 years, Springer School and Center’s day school (grades 1-8) has provided for the academic and social needs of children diagnosed with learning disabilities. 

    Small group instruction and diagnostic teaching provide students with the tools and strategies needed to succeed in traditional school settings.  While enrolled at Springer, students receive a program based on each student’s readiness and needs within a caring, supportive environment where every adult understands learning disabilities.  In short, Springer students gain newfound confidence in their individual abilities.  Springer helps students believe in themselves!

    Throught the Center, Springer also provides a fun learning program for four weeks in the summer.  Since 1992, Adventures in Summer Learning has helped children improve their basic skills while becoming more self-assured learners.

    Springer School and Center is the only resource in the region dedicated entirely to learning disabilities. 

    To find out more about Springer’s day school admission process, Adventures in Summer Learning, or other outreach programs, call 513-871-6080 or go to www.springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Friday, January 29, 2010

    Springer School and Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center welcomes Dr. Russell Barkley, an internationally recognized authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults for a parent education evening on Monday, March 1 and a professional development workshop on Tuesday, March 2.

    The March 1st parent program, “Planning, Organizing and Getting the Job Done: Executive Function, ADHD and the Struggling Child” will be held at the Schiff Conference Center at Xavier University’s Cintas Center from 7:00-9:00p.m. Parents from all over the tri-state are invited to come and hear about the advances in our scientific knowledge of ADHD, their implications for treatment of children and teens having ADHD, and the critical role parents play in effectively dealing with the struggling child.

    Dr. Barkley will speak to professionals on “Executive Functioning and ADHD in Children and Adolescents: Nature, Causes, Life Course and Management.” The March 2nd workshop will run 8:30a.m. to 4:15p.m. also at the Schiff Conference Center. The presentation will provide detailed, current information on the nature and causes of ADHD in children and teens, and the role of executive functioning in the disorder. Professionals that should attend: Educators, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Nurses, Social Workers, Primary Care and Family Medicine Practitioners, Speech-Language Pathologists and Child Neurologists.

    Tickets for the parent evening are $20. The full-day professional development is $220 and includes a box lunch. For more information or to purchase tickets for either event, call 513.871.6080 x402 or go to www.springer-ld.org.

  • Press Release- Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Managing mountains of paper is a big challenge for parents and students during the school year. Parents start the year with emergency contact forms, school supply lists, school fee envelopes, and PTA forms that pile on top of each other and get overlooked or misplaced. Then add the student assignment books and test papers that need a parent signature and it can be tough to keep the chain of paper moving along in a timely fashion. The process can break down at the parent’s end before the paper even gets to the student. The student has to get all that paper as well as their own homework into a backpack, then out again once it reaches school. It is a miracle that anything gets turned in, let alone on time! The process can be further complicated if the student has an organization or memory weakness.

    Successfully moving paperwork from school to home and then back again requires alternate strategies. An effective solution has to be simple and comfortable for the adults and children in the home to use it. Employing some aspect of the daily routine makes it more likely that family members will adopt the process, rather than dismissing it as another remedy soon to be discarded. Here is an example of a process that might end late or lost papers. Get a shallow 9x12inch box and label it with your student’s name; have one box per student. Line up the boxes in the homework area of your home. Each day before homework time, have your children empty their backpacks and put papers in their boxes. As your child is doing their homework, you go through the box and sign papers, fill out forms and read school announcements. When homework is finished, observe your child placing all the paperwork into their backpack. Help your child come up with a strategy so they will remember that something in the backpack needs to be turned in at school. A good visual cue such as a piece of yarn or string tied to the zipper-pull of the backpack will increase the likelihood that papers will be turned in.

    Next, have a “Blast off” site for the items that each family member will take with them in the morning. A large piece of colored construction paper marking a spot near the door, a chair in the kitchen, or a place on the dining room table could serve as a child’s “Blast Off” site. After homework is completed and loaded into the backpack, have the child place their backpack in their assigned area along with other items, such as gym clothes or library books, which need to go out the door with them in the morning. Adults can model good organization and planning behaviors by doing the same with their briefcase, book bag, and keys. Preparing lunch and laying out clothes the night before will also reduce stress and aggravation in the morning. As a result of being more organized, family members can conserve their mental energy for the school or workday and begin in a less frazzled frame of mind. What a great way to start the school year!

    Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, is a Program Coordinator at Springer School and Center (www.springer-ld.org) and a Clinical Psychologist.