September 1, 2017

First, our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Houston students will not experience the return to school that millions of children across the country have enjoyed this week.

Back to school is a challenging time for a family that has lost a child. While social media is full of smiling faces and neatly brushed hair, their loved one’s pictures are forever...

December 26, 2016

Research based Fitness programs for the special needs community are virtually non-existent in Michigan. Enter Team GUTS, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit that improves the lives of both children and adults by providing year-round one-on-one training, fitness classes and sports camps. GUTS™ stands for Ground Up Training System and is based on the studies of Dr. Dale Ulrich, Head of the University of Mic...

October 13, 2016

Mrs. Patricia Griffin, Principal of St. Ann Academy in Bridgeport, loves the image of a lighthouse. "We are here to shine a light for the students, to guide them safely on their way". It is fitting that the Wingman student leaders at her school decided to call themselves the "Wings of Light" and a very talented 8th grader created this beautiful motif to represent the program. The student leaders h...

September 25, 2016

“Booster”… “Go”.

“Retro”…”Go”

“Control”… “Go”

“CAPCOM”…”Go”

To the sound of authentic audio from a NASA countdown, four Connecticut middle schools declared their readiness to launch their Wingman program for the new academic year. It was the opening segment of the empowerment speech from Eddie Slowikowski of Chicago, part of the carefully planned schedule of activities that each school had put togethe...

September 11, 2016

On Saturday September 10th Ben’s Lighthouse hosted an Ice Cream Social at Reed Intermediate School in Newtown, CT. The event celebrated both the memories of summer and the return to school. The foundation invited local non-profits matching their mission of protecting, healing and developing our children for an afternoon of fun activities topped off with the most delicious ice cream flavors, donate...

August 17, 2016

I visited the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford this past week to help out at the Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp offered by the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. The camp is coordinated by Janet Connolly from HSC (who we are very fortunate to have on the advisory board for Dylan’s Wings of Change). I knew I would see children challenged by physical disabilities getting the chance...

June 17, 2016

It’s incredible to think that less than 12 months ago, four schools in Connecticut put their faith in Wingman to change their school culture and climate. That belief has been rewarded many times over and to date more than 1,500 students have explored social and emotional development areas as diverse as Grit & Perseverance, the Power of Words, the Meaning of Empathy and Accepting Differences.

Drawn...

May 23, 2016

On Sunday April 24th over 120 dancers and 200 friends and family supporters came together at the Newtown High School blue and gold stadium for the 1st annual Newtown Dance Mob. They were celebrating National Dance Week, a country wide coming together of dancers of all abilities with a uniting theme of “A Chance to Dance”. Adorned in their distinctive NDW T-Shirts, or purple shirts to celebrate Dyl...

May 18, 2016

For the 4th year in a row, teams representing Dylan's Wings of Change took on the challenge of the Cape Cod Reebok Ragnar. This 193-mile non-stop race from Hull, MA to Provincetown tests the strength and endurance of runners and the drivers who ferry them around the course. Our teams joined over 500 others - that's 6000 people – prepared to run all day and night in all conditions to reach the fini...

May 12, 2016

Two of the Wingman Founding schools were in the news these past two weeks.

 

City Hill Middle School in Naugatuck held their latest "Wingman Wednesday" on April 27th and this time focused on the true meaning of kindness. In addition to completing their Wingman activities, some students also decorated rocks in memory of Mr. Henry Kuczenski, the City Hill security officer who passed away suddenly just...

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