Today I went to a new school here in St. Joseph, the Autism Learning Center. The therapists there were all really welcoming and the set-up they have seems to be loved by the children. The school started in the First Congregational Church’s basement by two families that were in need of local, specialized care for their children and is slowly growing. The need in this area seems to be one that was previously going unserviced which has really stretched the school’s initial plans. Here is a bit on how the children and school are working now.
This is one of my favorite (non) stories. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard at a piece in our paper, both taking the photos and later reading the article. Kudos to Jeremy Bonfiglio for the hilarious write up. Here’s one of my favorite moments;
Llamas are quiet. They’re gentle and affectionate. They don’t take a lot of work to maintain and for outdoor animals, they don’t smell that bad. Then there’s those fuzzy, banana-shaped ears, a coat that’s huggably soft, and those huge, beguiling eyes that make the animal seem to understand your deepest thoughts.
So what’s the downside?
“You can’t poke them with a stick,” says Kyle Smith as his father Ryan, holds on to a llama named Dove. “They don’t like that.”
Headed down to Indiana for some game action of Michigan State and Notre Dame on Saturday. Great stadium and a great crowd, but tight, tight quarters there on the sidelines. Although I didn’t anticipate getting much playing time, I was nearly involved in a few key tackles.