Happy Spring!

Nantucket S.T.A.R. is in full gear for our upcoming summer programing! Our summer program sign ups will go live, Thursday, May 18th in the afternoon.We have all of our usual programs on tap along with some respite activities. We are also planning a few “outings” for our teens over the summer- stay tuned.

All of us at Nantucket S.T.A.R. want to thank our Nantucket community for its tremendous support and generosity at this year’s Gala. The evening was a success and we were touched by the turnout. The Gala not only serves as a fundraiser but as a powerful reminder of all that our students have accomplished. It inspires us to think “big” as we move forward into 2017. A huge thanks to the following businesses and families that are our 2017 sponsors!

  • bpc
  • Brett Gordon Family
  • Cross-Rip Builder
  • Grey Lady Marine
  • Island Lumber
  • Jobe Systems, Inc
  • Neil Paterson, Inc
  • Nicholas Ferrantella Landscaping
  • On Island Gas
  • RA Energy/Travaglione Family
  • Tri Club Nantucket
  • Valero Garden Center


Hello Friends and Families of Nantucket S.T.A.R.,

Summer is around the corner and we are gearing up for another fun filled season. We just finished a fantastic pilot tennis program and want to thank Mike and the Nantucket Community School for helping to make it happen. We have a few more weeks left in our “Learn to Swim” classes and I am already impressed with the achievements happening in the pool! Our summer programming will go live for sign ups the week of May 15th- so be on the look out via email and our website. I know that there have been some glitches reported in our email server via the website and I am hoping to have those all ironed out by then. Thank you for your patience.

We are in the final throws of getting ready for Nantucket S.T.A.R.’s yearly gala. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and are so appreciative of all the support from our wonderful Nantucket community. Please join us at The Chicken Box, Saturday, May 6th 7pm-10pm. We are celebrating Kentucky Derby style alongside The Savage Brothers,  silent and chinese auctions, Heads or Tails game of chance to win a 70″ flat screen T.V., and this year our signature cocktail will be a delicious Mint Julep with some delicious treats. Tickets can be purchased  at the door  for $30. We are looking forward to seeing all of you!


Tina for the S.T.A.R. Gang

4.30.2016 Van

Nantucket S.T.A.R.’s Winter 2017 programming is in full swing. We just finished another fantastic session of “STAR Chopped” and a huge thank you to Greg and Joy at the Nantucket Culinary Center. We all have enjoyed this cooking program! Saturday with S.T.A.R has seen several new families and S.T.A.R.s On Ice begins this week after a weather cancellation the previous week. We are also working hard in our “Cross Fit” classes and another big thank you to Lisa and her crew at the Nantucket Fitness and Cycling Center. Who says there is nothing to do in Nantucket during the winter! The STAR office and all programming will be taking a break the week of February vacation, 2/27-3/3

We are gearing up for our annual Nantucket STAR Gala at the Chicken Box, Saturday, May 6th. We are planning a Derby theme event and are happy to have The Savage Brothers playing at the event.

Nantucket S.T.A.R. is also happy to welcome our new board members, Terri Dion, Ann Poyant, and Lauren Murray. We are fortunate and thrilled to have these three woman join the S.T.A.R. board of directors. All three woman have volunteered and worked as staff members for STAR in recent years and bring a wealth of knowledge and big hearts to our programming. Look for their bio’s in our spring newsletter.




I have the privilege of watching all the photos from this year’s programs and all the previous years scroll on my work computer whenever I turn it on! It is a window into all that has transpired at Nantucket S.T.A.R. for the last several years. Everyone has grown in so many ways, the physical differences are easy to spot but I also know the tremendous personal growth that has taken place, not only for our students and families but for our staff as well! We have witnessed first hand over 20 students learn to swim, 15 students take on the new challenge of cooking and cross fit, our Sensory Art classes grew so much this year that the AAN had to move us to a bigger room, several new skaters and many veterans in this program of over 8 years, and  our water sports programs continue to be a source of immense joy and fun for staff and students! Thank you to all of our community partners , the AAN, The Nantucket Community School and Pool, The Nantucket Ice Rink, Miacomet Golf Club, Nantucket Cycling and Fitness Studio, Nantucket Culinary Center, and Nantucket Community Sailing! Thank you most of all to our staff and volunteers who daily inspire me and to our families and their children who bless our socks off each and every week! Happy Holidays!


Bonnie Oliver-Woodley  1963-2016

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our co-worker, teacher, and dearest of friends. Bonnie was a regular at S.T.A.R.’s skating and adapted water sports program for the last several years. She was always up for an adventure with a smile on her face and ready to jump right in. Bonnie’s passion for children with special needs was evident to all of us! The day this photo was taken was a typical day on the ice for Nantucket S.T.A.R., but the next thing you know there was Bonnie with the sunglasses enjoying a little ice dancing and pairs skating. She was a marvel at fostering an environment that was fun, supportive, and filled with laughter. Thank you Bonnie for teaching us to think outside of the box and that laughter is helpful in just about any situation. Thank you for taking the ordinary and working your magic to make it extraordinary.We will miss you and may your spirit of compassion and strength continue to inspire each one us. Well done Bonnie……….


14063774_1196856323688753_725077729230031564_nDear Friends and Families,

We have had a fantastic summer at Nantucket STAR. It was wonderful to be able to spend so much time in the water playing and spending time with our STAR friends. One of the privileges of being in this position for several years is the opportunity to witness the tremendous growth in our students. I had one of those “life has come full circle” moments toward the end of the summer. Nantucket STAR was able to put together a team for the Swim Across America event, comprised of students and parents.We put on our pink swim caps and swam the “kids splash”  to help raise money for cancer care here on Nantucket. As I had time to reflect later that day, my heart filled with such gratitude and joy for what my friends had accomplished that morning. It wasn’t so long ago that the crowds alone would have sent several of them seeking refuge elsewhere or that they had help learning to swim in STAR’s swim program,or that they had conquered their fear of what lies on the bottom of the sea. Thank you to our families for entrusting your children to us, thank you to Swim Across America for giving us the chance to give back to our community and making a place at the table for our STAR children and most of all thank you to all the beautiful children of STAR who continually amaze us and bring such joy to our lives. We are blessed to know you!


Hello Family and Friends of Nantucket S.T.A.R.,

We are gearing up for our summer programming and planning to launch summer sign ups this Thursday, June 3rd. We will be offering all our favorites; swim lessons, Friday water sports and then our week of water sports camp in August. We will be hosting a special respite event in August and will also include all the info you need for “Sail To Prevail” adapted sail lessons. We are all looking forward to catching up at the beach and enjoying Nantucket during the summer months.



Hi Gang,

Nantucket STAR along with the Autism Resource Center and Family Support Center are hosting our annual April Respite.

When: Wednesday, April 20th

Where: Nantucket Atheneum Basement Gallery/ Marjory Trott Creative Movement

Time: 10:45-Noon

Cost: FREE!!! Open to children with special needs and their siblings ages 4 and up

Register at tinas@nantucketstar.com by 4/19/2016

Click below to purchase tickets for Nantucket STAR’s  “ Night With The STARS”

Saturday, May 7th 7:00-10:00pm Tickets $25 online and $30 at the door









From all of us at Nantucket STAR Happy Holidays and joyous New Year!