Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Impact of Camp

I'm lying awake at camp                                        

"What is camp?" I asked in our first year at a parents meeting at Madonna.

Several folks piped up to explain it is a camp where the kids and teachers stay overnight at the 4-H grounds near Louisville, NE. The kids participate in all kinds of nature and outdoor activities.

The first year camp was available to my son, we thought he may not like the overnight aspect but when the time came, we went for it.  We listened to him share his experience. He felt safe and comfortable because he knows all the campers as they all attend his school.

Coach V. asked me three years ago if I would consider being a parent volunteer. They needed adult males to stay with a group of young lads. I agreed.

Which brings me to tonight, or rather early morning, as I cannot sleep. I lie awake thinking of so many awesome events I’ve witnessed today. Even on my third camp with Madonna, I am emotionally awake at what has transpired around me today. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

reflections from Madonnapalooza and what's next...

Mary Kay and I attended the Madonnpalooza event last Friday. Wow! What a wonderful opportunity for Madonna students and their families to enjoy and evening of food, music and great fun. Seeing the kids on stage with the band was heartwarming - so much energy and joy for life. Some of them I have known for years – what progress they have made. Watching the parents and family members take pride in these young people reminded us of those moments we shared with our children as they grew. What a difference Madonna School makes in the lives of special young people.

We need to make sure these growth opportunities continue so I asked you to get involved by supporting the Working Wonders event coming in August. I know what a difference this fundraiser makes in the lives of these special children. Please help Mary Kay and me and all those who are working to make this event a success. Whether you help sell a few raffle tickets or donate an auction item or help invite people to attend, your contribution will benefit many who need your help. Please consider joining us in Working Wonders by contacting me directly. You can also call Jay or Toody at the school for more information.

Thank you and may God bless you and your family.
Fred Otterberg

Click here to read the note from Fred Otterberg.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Path to Independence

The Life Skills Transition program, now in its sixth year, fulfills the promise of reaching a student’s potential after high school graduation. Created to ensure these young adults move into adulthood with confidence and improved independence.

This independence is centered around achieving sustainable work experiences, independent life skills and fulfilling social activity in the community.  

This new program ended up not only attracting students from Madonna’s own high school, but students from the greater Omaha area. A few of these students heard word of the exciting life and job skills being taught at “Madonna U” and inquired.
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