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Inviting Schools to Participate in Disability Awareness Program

Know of a high school or middle school that could benefit from a disability awareness program? CHEER (Consciousness Helps Encourage Equal Respect) is a school-based program designed to encourage inclusion and open the eyes of students to see their fellow peers with special needs as more than their disability. The week-long program invites student volunteers, called CHEER Leaders, to adopt a disability for a day. First Things First supplies each participating school with an equipment kit for students to simulate various impairments. The week culminates with an assembly featuring a video of Kurt and Brenda discussing the importance of inclusion and the negative impact division causes. Click here to learn more CHEER and bring the program to a school in your area.

 
 

#13 Hosts 13th Annual Trip Making Disney Memories

After 13 years some might expect a trip to become routine, but not this trip! Nine Make-A-Wish/Dream Factory families (5 from AZ, 2 from IL and 2 from MO) joined Kurt and Brenda and their family for the 13th annual “We’re Going to Disney World!” Wish Trip. Six days of fun, adventure and making memories experiencing the incredible Disney attractions including the IllumiNations Fireworks Show at Epcot, Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom, CyberSpace Mountain at Disney Quest, a sunny pool party at Give Kids the World, Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios, and Philharmagic at Magic Kingdom! Special thanks to six-year partner For Those Without a Voice for providing another $25,000 grant to underwrite the airfare for the families! More kudos to teammates Give Kids the World, Make a Wish Arizona, Illinois and Missouri, Dream Factory Missouri and Walt Disney World Resorts for partnering with First Things First to bless these amazing families. Prayers appreciated for the following Wish/Dream kids: Elijah, Elizabeth, Emiliano, Guillermo, Hayleigh, Mollie, Ryan, Stephen, and Tanner. For more photos from the week, check out Kurt’s Facebook page here.

 
 

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Treasure House is a supported residential community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit treasurehouse.org to learn more.

 

The Warner's Calendar

 

Nov. 1-14, Warners’ Warm-up

 

Dec. 12, Night With Champions in St. Louis

 
 
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