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Students at Y.A.L.E. School Northfield Campus Set A Goal For “Recycle Bowl”

Northfield Recycle BowlY.A.L.E. School’s Northfield campus is participating in the annual Recycle Bowl Competition for the 2014-2015 School Year. Students aim to increase recycling rates within the school and to promote the recycling program. Each day students collect and weigh recyclable material throughout the building. Students will report the total weight of recycled material on November 15th. Learn more about the national competition at recycle-bowl.org

VIDEO: Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill Robotics Club Visits Philly Robotics Expo

Students in Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill’s Robotics Club attended the annual Philly Robotics Expo on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The event was hosted by Philadelphia Central High School’s RoboLancers team and The GRASP Lab of UPenn at the new Singh Center for Nanotechnology building. Read more and view photo gallery »

Y.A.L.E. Northfield Students Continue To Help Food Bank Change Hunger

Y.A.L.E. School Northfield Students Change Hunger AwardOver the past two years students at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield campus have taken first place in the Students Change Hunger Challenge ~ Division 1. According to classroom teacher Catherine McGowan, this year they collected nearly a half ton of food.

Students Change Hunger is a statewide food drive for schools. Each year, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributes 40 million pounds of food; of that, seven million pounds are distributed out of the Egg Harbor Township facility to more than 280 charities in the area.

“Collecting food for the Students Change Hunger Challenge gives our students, parents, teachers and staff an opportunity to think about those less fortunate,” said Alvin Doyle, principal at the Northfield campus.

This year’s challenge continues the Northfield campus’s track record of helping the Food Bank following their award last year for a record-breaking fundraising effort.

CAPTION: Colette Kraus, Food Sourcing Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township congratulates Y.A.L.E. School educator Catherine McGowan, whose class took first place in the Students Change Hunger Challenge.

Overnight Experiences Teach Independence

This year, teens at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus are “headed for the hills” to build transition skills. The “hills” are the hills of Manayunk, a vibrant residential section of Philadelphia, and home to Y.A.L.E. School’s newest transition service.

Y.A.L.E.’s Manayunk Overnight Experience gives students a chance to practice IEP transition skills in a home and community setting. Read More »

VIDEO: Standard 9 Transition Students Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Burlington County

Earlier this fall, Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9 transition students from Mr. Laux’s classroom began volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cinnaminson, NJ. The ReStore is run by the Burlington County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity® and offers donated home furnishings, fixtures, building materials & supplies, and other household items at sharp discounts.

The ReStore is staffed entirely by volunteers and helps keep tons of materials out of landfills while providing volunteer opportunites for people in the community. We made this video to illustrate our students giving back to the local community at one of the many sites where volunteering and service-learning combine with career preparation as part of our transition curriculum. Read More »

VIDEO: YTV Video Production Students Visit WHYY TV 12

Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill students in the YTV video production school-to-work program went on a field trip to the Dorrance H. Hamilton Media Commons at WHYY TV 12 in Philadelphia. Students were treated to a tour of a professional television and radio broadcast facility where they were able to observe actual programming being produced in studio. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. School Medford Students Raise Funds to Help Hungry Families — Community Service Initiative Helps Students Learn About Giving Back

Y.A.L.E. School Food Bank WalkathonWith their curriculum deeply rooted in service learning, staff at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Medford Campus helped students organize a walk-a-thon which raised nearly $1,800 for the Food Bank of South Jersey. Read More »

The Community Is The Classroom At The Y.A.L.E. School Audubon Campus

YALE Audubon Whole Foods Marlton 008At The Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus, teens are getting a “Whole” lot of community-based learning and hands-on vocational experience. Through a unique collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Marlton, students with autism get to experience what it is like to hold a job at a local supermarket. Read more and view photo gallery »

Giving Back To The Community

Restore The Shore (5)In an effort to help the communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy, the Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus planned a “Restore the Shore” donation drive. With help from local businesses in Atlantic County, staff and students in the Lower and Upper schools collected items such as baby food, diapers, pet supplies, and other necessities. Read more and view photo gallery »

Learning by Doing at Y.A.L.E. School Mansfield Township

Y.A.L.E. Mansfield Twp project-based instructionProject-based instruction has always been appealing to students with Asperger’s Syndrome, because it brings multiple modalities to instruction, and makes learning come to life.

At Y.A.L.E. School’s Mansfield Township campus, middle school students get the chance to design a hypothetical business, and in so doing, reach across the curriculum as they tie their ideas together.

This year, student entrepreneurs are making plans for the Yo-Yogurt Shop, American Body Guards and Gymster Fitness. Read More »