On November 10, Yaphank’s New Interdisciplinary School (NIS) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new performance hall that was delivered to their school last month.
Long Island Home Builders Care, Inc. worked with a team of professionals to design and build this bespoke playhouse for the new interdisciplinary school. The house was unveiled at the Long Island Builders Home, Trade & Remodeling Expo on October 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge.
Keith McNamara and Melissa Lisena of Alside, Steven Pfennig and Mark Steininger of 84 Lumber, and Rabab Zia and Salmah Nashurdeen with H2M Architects + Engineers were on the committee that worked on this house, alongside NIS staff Maureen Rockwood, Director of Education, Programs and Teaching, and Susan Cali, Director of Development and Administration. Lois Fricke and the staff of Long Island Home Builders Care, Inc. had this home, along with those going to other beneficiaries, as part of their efforts and dedication to ensure that no child was left behind. side due to disability.
âWe are very grateful for the creativity, dedication and hard work that went into building this performance hall for NIS,â Cali said. âThe team were able to tailor the house to the specific needs of our student body and added their creative touch and expertise to make it a complete masterpiece. The Covid-19 pandemic created an unforeseen obstacle in their ability to meet their initial schedule, but they worked together despite the obstacle and were able to see the fruits of their labor come to fruition. “
NIS, a preschool serving nearly 400 students, more than half of whom have special needs, is a non-profit early childhood learning center that relies on the generosity of its donors to improve all programs and services. which he offers to his students and their families. The school’s commitment is to provide therapeutic and educational services in a stimulating environment with the highest level of expertise. When approached by Lois Fricke of Long Island Home Builders Care regarding their interest in having a playhouse built for their students, they jumped at the chance. The house far exceeded their expectations.
âOur students with and without special needs will be engaged and entertained while polishing their fine motor skills with Legos and puzzles, receiving sensory information and developing tactile awareness with the textured mini mats, and enhancing their social development and linguistics through imaginative play, âCali says. âMelissa Lisena, the talented mural artist, tried to match the style of our sensory hallway given in her works and it was even thought of behind the window selection, which creates rainbows when the sun shines through. through. No stone has been overlooked.
For more information on NIS, please follow them on social media, visit their webpage at www.niskids.org or contact Susan Cali, Director of Development, at 631-924-5583, ext. 128 or by email to [email protected]
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