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Special Needs Playgroup Formed by Wantagh Girl Scout

Brittany Motis creates program while earning her Gold Award.

A new playgroup designed for special needs students has been formed by a Wantagh Girl Scout as part of earning her Gold Award designation.

Brittany Motis, a junior at and member of Girl Scout Troop 3536, started the playgroup last fall and it met monthly before wrapping up for the school year on May 11. The program was such a success that the group, which meets in at , will be re-launched in the fall for the 2012/13 school year.

The group features about a half dozen students with 25-30 volunteers. Motis was able to get volunteers from her Girl Scout troop as well students at Wantagh High School and . 

“I was inspired by people telling me stories about special needs students,” said Motis on her motivation to start the group. “The kids love it.”

For the group’s final session on May 11, members of Wantagh SEPTA attended and were impressed by how the volunteers interacted with the students.

“I think everything about it is wonderful,” said Tony Walker, co-president of Wantagh SEPTA. “The more social programs we have, the better.”

Motis, who hopes to pursue a career in psychology, plans to run the program as a senior next year and hopes it will continue even after she graduates from high school. 

"This has been such a great program, especially for the volunteers," Motis said. "It gives us a deeper understanding of the kids in special needs programs." 

Christine May 22, 2012 at 06:27 PM
This is amazing. Great job, Brittany!
Celeste Maslovsky May 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Really wonderful. So proud of you Brittany.
Kera McLoughlin May 22, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Brittany is a remarkable young lady- kudos to her and all of the Wantagh students who volunteered their time and energy to create such a wonderful program!
Margaret Motis May 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Brittany we are so proud of you. You did something really amazing for these kids. All of us involved have been touched by your program.
Rose Bailey May 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM
This is wonderful I wish I would of known about it. There isn't much out there for our Special children & I would of loved to have my daughter in this.
Joanne Sgambati,PhD,BCBA May 23, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Brittany I am so proud to have been a part of your wonderful project! I know you did this to make a difference in the life of a few children, but your success will show others how easy it is to run such a group in their community and what a huge impact it can have! You did a wonderful thing!

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