On October 19, 2020 the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters
School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in
Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles. The money from these grants is for the purchase of aids to enhance seating options for babies & toddlers including high chairs, boosters, therapeutic balls, as well as cause & effect, speech therapy and communication assistive technology, and physical therapy items to work on core strength, balance, and vestibular sensory needs. Some items will be used on site at their locations and other will be utilized as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.
When asked about their projects Bates said, “The Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen Peters School programs are hard at work in this atypical environment. They are adapting their teaching and therapy methods to continue to improve the lives of children with special needs like our son. We want to support their important efforts during this difficult time. We are thankful to have such high-quality programs in our own back yard to continue to help so many children progress and prosper.”
Bates went on to say, “We are also excited to announce our Holiday Adoption program for families of children with special needs through MIPP. We are adopting families from the MIPP program who are raising children that have special needs. We rely on the support and generosity of people in the community who have a desire to change the lives of others for the better by offering them a hand-up. We invite everyone with a giving heart to join in our mission to change lives and help others.”
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