Giant Steps of St. Louis runs a therapeutic school and summer camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The organization was established in 1994 by a group of parents determined that St. Louis should have a comprehensive educational and therapeutic treatment program for autism. The founding parents modeled the program on an innovative, whole-child approach pioneered by Giant Steps of Montreal. Today, the St. Louis school is one of seven independently operated Giant Steps programs worldwide.
Although many children with autism do well in public school, some have communication, social or behavioral challenges that seriously inhibit learning. To succeed, they need a smaller, more specialized school. School districts throughout the metropolitan area refer students to Giant Steps.
Last summer, Giant Steps relocated to the Concordia Lutheran School building on Sarah St. in Maplewood. With autism on the rise, the organization had outgrown its converted office space in Maryland Heights.
With three stories of classrooms and therapy rooms, a gym, lunchroom and library, the historic school building is an excellent setting for the growing program. Last spring, just as Giant Steps was entering into its lease arrangement with Concordia Lutheran Church, the organization was selected for the St. Louis Rams’ annual playground build. On June 7th, Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and more than 100 volunteers from the Rams organization, constructed the playground, landscaped the front gardens, and painted every room in the building, top to bottom.
“Maplewood is such a wonderful community for our program,” Director Betty Berger says. “ “Giant Steps mission is ‘to empower children with autism spectrum disorders to participate fully in all aspects of life, including home, community and education.’ In Maplewood, we’re able to live our mission more fully. Our staff can teach daily living skills like using the post office, shopping, crossing streets and accessing parks as an integral part of the program. We’re especially excited that several local merchants have provided work sites for our pre-vocational students.”
Girls on the Run St. Louis (GOTR) is looking for volunteers to support the New Balance Girls on the Run 5k on Saturday, November 12 in Forest Park. The race is open to the public who will run alongside 2,000 girls from across St. Louis region as they complete the fall program. According to Rachel Zuellig of GOTR “Our 5k is not like any other. It’s a celebration of hard work, achieving your goals and setting young girls on the path to a healthy and happy life. The race is a great opportunity for students, organizations and local businesses to come together and serve the community.”
For the next three 3 months, Dr. Michael Barron of Barron Family Medicine will be treating patients in a different zip code. Dr. Barron was deployed to Kuwait as part of his service in the US ARMY Reserve with the 325th Combat Support Hospital.
Dr. Barron was a soldier long before he became a physician. After receiving a Bachelors degree from St. Louis University in English Literature in 1987, he joined the US Marine Corps and served on active duty as an infantry officer until 1994. He then attended St. Louis University School of Medicine from 1997-2001 and did his residency at St. Louis University’s Family Medicine Residency in Belleville, IL.
Residents of Maplewood, Dr. Barron and his wife Elizabeth have five children who all attend the MRH public schools. He is expected to be gone for 3 months and return shortly after the new year. Barron Family Medicine is located at 1423 South Big Bend.
Hermann London presents the 2nd Annual 5k Halloween Run/Walk on Saturday, October 29th to benefit local charities. Last year, they had over 300 runners and raised over $10,000. The 2011 benefiting charities include the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Women?s Safe House.
The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence serves women and children who are victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. The Women’s Safe House provides shelter and support services to battered women and their dependent children and to empower women to make informed choices about their futures.
The event is spearheaded by Hermann London owner, Adam Kruse. Herman London was established in 2007 and is a unique real estate agency that specializes in Investment, Property Management, and Residential real estate. Kruse encourages local businesses and organizations to play a part in the fight against domestic violence by supporting the event. They have several sponsorship and donation opportunities.
Find out more information about the 5k Halloween Run/Walk on the event website.
With the 25th Annual Dinner Auction just around the corner on October 14, the Auction items are beginning to come in and we wanted to give you a sneak peak. Of course, we can’t reveal everything just yet! You’ll have to be there that evening to see our best items.
Scooter Raffle- Buy a raffle ticket for $25 for a chance to win a scooter from Maplewood Scooter Company. Buy your raffle tickets today!
Single Malt Scotch Tasting (3 sessions of 5 different brands for one person with a bottle of the winners favorite given at the end). Dave Dunlap of Consolidated Construction
Wine and Chocolate Pairing Party...and this isn’t just any wine and chocolate…it is Kakao and Vom Fass. (Party for 15) Kakao Chocolate and Vom Fass
Apple I-Pad St. Mary’s Hospital
Apple TV Tu Square Studio
Maplewood Dish and Dine Restaurant Tour (Brian Pelletier of Kakao Chocolate and Rachelle L’Ecuyer, City of Maplewood Director of Community Development, will tour you through Waterstreet, Home Wine Kitchen and Kakao Chocolate. Winner will meet the chefs and restaurant owners, enjoy cocktails, sampling menus and converse about how marketing your business is a key component to its success) Rob Birenbaum, Nadir Djavaherian, Rachelle L’Ecuyer and Brian Pelletier
Float Trip of a Lifetime (Float the beautiful upper Meremac with Jerry and Liz Gibbs and Mary Kausch (includes canoes, lunch on the river and logding at Indian Springs resort for 4 people) Jerry and Liz Gibbs, Mary Kausch
VIP Seating at the Taste of Maplewood (One table for 4 people on the Saratoga Deck (aka “Jimmy’s Little Deck”) for a panoramic view of the 2012 Taste of Maplewood. Includes one cooler of beer.) Saratoga Lanes
Again, this is just a sneak peak. Be there the night of the Dinner Auction for many more amazing Auction items. The 25th Annual Dinner Auction is shaping up to be our best yet! For tickets and auction information, please contact the Chamber office at 781.8588.
Sarah Carmody of S. Carmody Photography started taking pictures in 8th grade after the purchase of a Minolta point & shoot camera. 18 years and hundreds of thousands of images later, the Maplewood-based photographer is still shooting portraits, weddings, corporate events, fashion and just about anything you could think of. She has an extensive list of clients including Citizens National Bank, Enterprise, the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum and St. Louis Symphony.
When asked what her specialty is, she scratches her head and says “life.” She chose photography as a career because she did not want to sit behind a desk and do the same thing every day. “I am a very ‘macro’ person. I like the fact that one day I can be shooting a posh event at the Ritz and the next day shoot portraits at a homeless shelter.”
In addition to photographing portraits, weddings, and corporate events, Sarah also hosts photographic art exhibits and events. The upcoming exhibit at S. Carmody Photography features Japanese artist/photographer Yoichi Nagata, whose exhibit features outlandishly dressed Tokyo clubgoers. The exhibit opens October 7, during the Maplewood Fiddlefest Artswalk and runs until December 11.
Contact Sarah Carmody at 314-401-8089/www.carmodyphoto.com/2707 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood MO 63143