WHITE PLAINS, NY—On Thursday, Dec. 12, State Assemblyman David Buchwald visited the White Plains campus of the John A. Coleman School (JAC) and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC). The assemblyman’s visit was sponsored by the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.
As soon as the assemblyman arrived, parents and staff members gathered in the Coleman School’s rotunda for an informal ‘meet and greet’ reception. Parents got the chance to share their individual child’s story with the assemblyman and also explained what motivated them choose the John A. Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center for their child.
Following this, staff members, including Maureen Tomkiel, Executive Director of the JAC, and Maria Leitenberger, Principal of the White Plains campus of the JAC, took the assemblyman on a tour of the school. The assemblyman also toured the Children’s Rehabilitation Center with staff, including the CRC’s Medical Director, Dr. Maria A. Pici.
“It was my pleasure to visit the students at the John A. Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center,” said Buchwald. “It was wonderful to see firsthand the progress of these inspiring children and the determination of their instructors and parents.”
After his tour, Buchwald took the time to read the beloved classic, The Gingerbread Man, as retold by Catherine McCafferty, to a classroom of students. Tomkiel, who was also on hand as the assemblyman read the story, said that the enthusiasm and joy in the room was palpable.
“The kids kept finishing the lines of the book as the assemblyman read along and would get up to point at the illustrations,” Tomkiel said. “It was very special.”
The assemblyman also felt this special connection. “I’m pleased to represent this important institution in my district,” he said, “and I look forward to forward to working on their behalf.”
Buchwald was elected to the State Assembly, representing the 93rd District in November of 2012. The 93rd District is comprised of Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and White Plains.
About the John A. Coleman School
The John A. Coleman School, with campuses in White Plains and Yonkers, provides community and center-based special education and therapeutic programs to children from birth to 21 years of age from over 50 school districts in Westchester, Putnam, the Bronx and Manhattan. The Yonkers Campus serves the residents of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, a nationally recognized pediatric long term care facility. The Coleman School has been recognized for the last six years as a School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) and is regionally known for its comprehensive evaluation component, early intervention services and inclusive nursery school, Children’s Place. The Coleman School serves over 900 children and their families. Learn more about the John A. Coleman School at setonpediatric.org/john-coleman-school and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/jacschool.
About the Children’s Rehabilitation Center
The Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is an outpatient pediatric diagnostic and treatment center providing services to nearly 4,000 children with developmental disabilities annually, ages birth to 21, who reside in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Duchess and Orange Counties and the Bronx. Comprehensive arrays of medical and rehabilitative services are provided to children with complex medical diagnoses. Many of our children use wheelchairs, walkers and/or communication devices. Visit the Children’s Rehabilitation Center online at setonpediatric.org/childrens-rehabilitation-center and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/childrensrehabcenter.