Community Notebook: Dream Catchers, WM to Share Autism Study Results

February 29th, 2012 by Amber Lester

community-notebook2Witness children of new citizens take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States in a special ceremony at Jamestown Settlement on March 10. On Thursday, learn about the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on autistic children’s school performance when Dream Catchers and William and Mary’s School of Education present the results of their study on the topic. Read on for more community news and events.

Jamestown Settlement to Host Citizenship Ceremony for Children

A Certificate of Citizenship ceremony will be held at Jamestown Settlement for children of recently naturalized U.S. citizens.

The March 10 event is hosted by the Williamsburg chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security.

Twenty-six young people between the ages of nine and 20 will take the Oath of Allegiance and receive formal acknowledgement of their citizenship. They hail from 18 countries all over the world.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public on a space-available basis. Featured speaker Dr. Robert Martinez received a Certificate of Citizenship at age 16 when his parents were naturalized. He is vice president of business development at Norfolk Southern Corporation and sits on the board of directors for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

Following the ceremony, participants and their families will be provided a guided tour of the settlement. This is the first time a youth Certificate of Citizenship ceremony has been hosted in the Historic Triangle.

Learn About Benefits of Horseback Riding for Autistic Students

Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center teamed with the College of William & Mary School of Education to complete a quantitative study on children with autism and therapeutic horseback riding.

The study results will be shared at a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Dogwood Room at the School of Education. The event is free and open to the public.

The study focused on the impact of riding on the children’s behavior in the classroom setting.

Recruitment Underway for Leadership Class of 2013

LHT_Logo_2012The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s Leadership Historic Triangle (LHT) program will undergo a name change, starting with the class of 2013.

The new name, LEAD Historic Triangle, is intended to better describe the overall program and better align with other chamber programs in the region. A new logo was designed by Howell Creative Group, lead by LHT Class of 2003 graduate Kathy Howell.

Applicants are now being south for the Class of 2013. Applications are available here and at the Chamber’s offices on North Boundary Street in Williamsburg. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 16.

The program’s mission is to encourage, develop and support future community leaders, and provide the foundation necessary to develop effective leaders within the community. Each class is limited to 27 participants, chosen by a Chamber of Commerce-appointed committee. Each candidate must have a demonstrated or clearly expressed interest in community service and must pledge to the time commitment.

An enrollment fee of $1,025 is charged for Chamber members and $1,325 for non-members. The cost covers all sessions, meals and a retreat. A limited number of scholarships or tuition assistance might be available.

Fundraisers Benefit Disabled Adults

Save the dates for several upcoming benefits that will raise money for PASHN, or Parents and Advocates for Special Housing Needs.

PASHN’s mission is to provide housing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

On March 19, diners can help PASHN by eating at Sal’s by Victor and presenting this flier to ensure a portion of the evening’s proceeds are given to the organization.

On April 29, PASHN will host a Battle of the High Schools Bowl-a-Thon at Williamsburg AMF bowling alley.

On Oct. 19, the organization will host its second golf tournament at the Williamsburg National Golf Club.

Learn more about PASHN and events here.

CW Blacksmith Shop and Armoury to Open in March

Spring guests will be the first to see the newly reconstructed Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury, which opens March 31.

In the late 1770s, James Anderson became the public armourer for Virginia and expanded his blacksmith shop into an industrial complex. The recreated complex will host skilled journeymen, apprentices, prisoners of war, indentured servants and slaves. Historic foodways interpreters will prepare meals for Anderson’s 40-person work force.

Williamsburg March for Babies Scheduled for May

Single walkers or teams can support the March of Dimes in Williamsburg’s March for Babies this May.

The five-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m., on May 12 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.

Money raised for March for Babies supports programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and funds research to find answers to health problems that threaten babies.

For more information or to make a donation, click here.

Run for the Dream to Host National Championships Race

The Run for the Dream 8K has been chosen as a national championships race by USA Track & Field (USATF). The 2012 USA Masters 8 km National Championships will be held in conjunction with the Run for the Dream Weekend in Williamsburg on May 19.

Master runners interested in competing in the championships can register here. Non-competitors can also register for the 8K Run/Walk open division.

Run for the Dream benefits An Achievable Dream, a nonprofit organization that operates two schools in Newport News.

Community Action Agency Says ‘Thank You’

The Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency thanks community members for helping the agency continue its holiday “Feed the Need” program, which provides food baskets to income-eligible families and coats/toys for Head Start students. The budget for the event was slashed by 66 percent, and the number of families requesting assistance increased.

Executive Director Reba Bolden said, “Many children and their families truly enjoyed the holidays due to the kindness and generosity of the people that live around them. Williamsburg and James City County – you showed up, and showed out. On behalf of this agency and the families we serve, please accept our sincere gratitude for all that you did. You saved the day.”

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