Dear Family and Friends of S.T.A.R.,

What a wonderful fall it has been at Nantucket S.T.A.R. and we have so much to be thankful for. Here is my “Top 10” list for 2018!

  1. An amazing week of S.T.A.R. Troopers Camp in August, a dream come true for all of us!
  2. Fun in the sun paddle boarding, kayaking and the infamous outrigger canoe
  3. Fun on the ice, in the gym, in the pool, in the kitchen, in the art studio and at the beach
  4. New friendships
  5. Laughter
  6. Our supporters
  7. Our sponsors
  8. Our amazing team of staff and volunteers
  9. Our Board of Directors
  10. Most of all, the AMAZING children we serve and their families

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What an August we had! We started out with our annual week of Adapted Water Sports down at Jetties Beach with our community partner, Nantucket Community Sailing. It was wonderful having all of our friends and some new faces join us for a week of  kayaking, paddle boarding, and using the outrigger canoe. Our STAR staff marveled at how independent our students have become out on the water and a great time was had by all! A week later we kicked off  our inaugural week of S.T.A.R. Troopers, an activities camp for our local children. It was AMAZING!!!!! We were all over the island enjoying field trips, outdoor adventures and time at the beach. I think some of my favorite moments were in the van traveling around the island. It was extremely rewarding to see our S.T.A.R. kiddos just being kids and teens. A huge thank you to our grant partners for helping to make this happen, The Doug Flutie Foundation, The Nantucket Golf Club Foundation and The Nantucket Fund (CFN). I am going to end this months blog with a quote from one of our parents regarding camp.

“Gabriella had an absolute blast and came home exhausted and excited to share with us all the fun things she did and saw during each day. One of the biggest highlights of this program for Gabriella was the opportunity, for the first time in her life, to attend “Camp”. She loved and was so excited to tell her family and friends that she was going to “camp”. While many of her typical peer classmates have been attending camp during the summer for years, this summer Gabriella was given the same opportunity as her peers to participate in a summer camp experience thanks to generous grants and amazing volunteers that came together to create this most memorable week for our children.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Last week was our first week of summer  programming and we are so excited! It has been wonderful to see many of our summer friends and to be enjoying summer on Nantucket! We have a busy month of July between swim lessons and our Friday adapted waters sports with Nantucket Community Sailing down at Jetties beach. We are putting the finishing touches on our activities camp in August and all the STAR staff can’t wait for the week of adapted water sports.

I would like to thank our  summer programming partners- the Nantucket Community Pool and Nantucket Community Sailing. These partnerships allow all of our organizations to offer therapeutic recreation for children with differing needs. I would also like to thank our grant partners who provide the financial support for these programs, the Community Foundation for Nantucket/Nantucket Fund, the Doug Flutie Foundation and the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. We are so grateful for their support and for “Joining Hands To Make A Difference”. 

We are excited for summer! We will be offering all of our summer usuals of swimming lessons at Nantucket Community Pool and two different adapted water sports programs in partnership with Nantucket Community Sailing. We are happy to announce a new program “S.T.A.R. Troopers”, a week long activities camp at the end of the summer for our local families. Based on a 2017 S.T.A.R. needs assessment, it confirmed a need for quality programming for our local families at the end of the summer when summer school had finished. We are excited to be offering this camp and have loads of fun activities planned with all of our veteran staff and volunteers on board. We will be accessing our beautiful island community throughout the week and finishing each afternoon down at Jetties for water sports. We are so thankful for grants from the Doug Flutie Foundation and the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation for helping to make this dream a reality.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the pool and the beach!

Best,

Tina

A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful Nantucket Community for helping to make our Gala 2018 such a success! We had a wonderful evening and are so grateful for all of the support. Thank you for joining hands with us to help make a difference in providing therapeutic recreation for Nantucket children with special needs. We couldn’t do it without you!

I know it’s spring when we hang up our skates at S.T.A.R. and bring out our bathing suits. You won’t find us in the ocean yet, but we are happily back in the Nantucket Community Pool ! We also began our second season of tennis at the NES gym through the help of the Nantucket Community School. We are always so thankful for our community partners that join us in providing therapeutic recreation for our S.T.A.R. families. Nantucket S.T.A.R. is celebrating 15 years of “ Joining Hands To Make A Difference” and are excited to be starting off the season with our annual fundraiser at The Chicken Box, Saturday, May 5th 7-10pm. This is a fun event that helps to support not only our programming but all the costs associated with running a non-profit. You may purchase tickets on our website for $25 (See PayPal button below) or purchase tickets at the door for $30 the night of the event.

Dear S.T.A.R. Families and Friends,

Thank you for a wonderful 2017  and here’s to an exciting  2018! Thank you for all you do for Nantucket S.T.A.R. and to our families- thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Tina for Nantucket S.T.A.R.

I love the holiday season and in particular all things Thanksgiving. Several years ago we started a tradition in our home of posting a large sheet of paper on one of our inside doors and beginning November 1st, we each take a moment (most days) to write what we are thankful for. The list really varies each year but I enjoy reading what my family writes. Nantucket S.T.A.R. has had a wonderful year and we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary in 2018. We have titled our 15th year of celebration  “We’re Going Places”. One of our students, Ian Cutone, has taken on the task of helping to fundraise over this next year for S.T.A.R. to raise money for one of his dreams, a 12 passenger van. At our November board meeting Ian shared his power point presentation of why S.T.A.R. needs a van. It was most impressive! So- be on the look out for our annual appeal which has a special van request featuring Ian!

In honor of 15 years of S.T.A.R. and Thanksgiving, here are my 15 reasons of why I am so thankful for Nantucket S.T.A.R..

  1. The amazing children and teens we have the privilege of working with. They bring all of us incredible joy!
  2. Our S.T.A.R. families, for believing in us and for trusting us with their children.
  3. Our talented staff and volunteers. Their passion and dedication is what makes S.T.A.R. shine.
  4. Our Board of Directors who support and  work tirelessly at helping  Nantucket S.T.A.R. be its best self.
  5. Our grant donors, Boston Bruins Foundation, Community Foundation for Nantucket, Nantucket Golf Club, James and Amy Bennet Foundation and ReMain Fund.
  6. Our business sponsors- check out our website, what a generous crew they are.
  7. Our community partners who partner with us to make our programming happen: Nantucket Community Pool, Nantucket Ice Rink, Artist Association, Nantucket Community School, Nantucket Cycling and Fitness Center, Nantucket Culinary Center, Nantucket Community Sailing, and Summer Street Church
  8. All of our donors, who are to numerous to write all here. Thank you Nantucket!
  9. Sophie T’s pizza who keep us supplied with pizza for our respite events.
  10. Our new office computer thanks to a generous donation from Nantucket Energy.
  11. Poets Corner Press for storing all of our equipment.
  12. A huge thank you to all of our high school volunteers. They are an amazing bunch.
  13. Thank you to Kathi Hackett of MVCS, for her support and passion for the children and families on Nantucket.
  14. Our beautiful S.T.A.R. office at 130 Old South Road.
  15.  Last, but not least, thank you to my wild Steadman crew. Thank you for always being willing to lend a hand and for loving all things S.T.A.R.

I have been slow to shift gears this year- summer seemed to come a bit late and I am not ready for the next season. We had a wonderful time in the water this summer and so much fun was had. We were able to get a respite in for families and take out a group of our older students for some adventures with their peers. It was pretty awesome!

We are excited for a fall programming to begin and have been hard at work planning for 2018. We have some new ideas we are hoping to implement. I look forward to catching up with you all at the Stop and Shop…..:)

Best,

Tina

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