“Growi n g Up” The Learning Tree, is proud to announce

The Learning Tree, Inc.
The Learning Tree, Inc.
is proud to announce
The Little Tree Preschool • Woody’s Song
Mobile, Alabama
the opening
“Growi n g U p”
of a new program!
Woody’s Song: For Kids on the Autism Spectrum will be a year-round, tuition-based day program
serving children with autism ages 5-10. Woody’s Song will open in August 2009 on the Mobile campus
of The Learning Tree, Inc. and will operate there until a permanent site can be obtained.
For more information about Woody’s Song, please contact Julia Starr, Program Director, at
251-331-8021 or [email protected]
Spring 2009
Jerre Brimer, M.Ed.
Community Advisory Board:
Brenda Beverly
Kathy Bronstein
Sarah Beth Brutkiewicz
Ken Cumbie
Deanna Ferguson
Hank Jordan
Peter Kingsford
Jerrlyn London
Jex Luce
Sheila Martin
Mary Kathryn Metzger
Alicia Perry
Ellen Shulman
Royce Simpson
Hanes Swingle
Lisa Turner
The Learning Tree,
Inc., Mobile
Jennifer Williams
Campus Supervisor
P.O. Box 1306
Semmes, AL 36575
The Little Tree
Holly Rogers
P.O. Box 9723
Mobile, AL 36691
Woody’s Song: For Kids
on the Autism Spectrum
Julia Starr
P.O. Box 1306
Semmes, AL 36575
As The Learning Tree, Inc. is expanding its programs to serve more children in the
Mobile area, the Growing Up newsletter is also changing! Growing Up will now
bring you news and information from all three of
The Learning Tree, Inc.’s Mobile programs: The
Learning Tree, Inc., The Little Tree Preschool
and our new program, Woody’s Song. The staff
of The Learning Tree, Inc. hopes you will enjoy
our quarterly newsletter and continue to support
The Learning Tree, Inc. and its programs!
The Learning Tree, Inc.
The Learning Tree, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1983 to offer highquality educational services to children who need more intensive, individualized supports than
their local school systems can provide. Since then, the organization has responded to a variety
of children’s needs by expanding its programs to serve children across the state of Alabama.
The Learning Tree, Inc. operates educational and residential programs for children ages 521 in Mobile, Tallassee, and Jacksonville, Alabama. The Learning Tree, Inc. also operates
The Little Tree Preschools
in Mobile, Auburn and
Jacksonville, Alabama and
is starting the new program,
Woody’s Song, this August
in Mobile.
The Mobile campus of The
Learning Tree, Inc. is located
just outside the city of Mobile in
the community of Semmes. The
educational component of the
program is licensed and monitored
by the Alabama State Department
of Education. The home life
component of the program is certified and monitored by the Alabama State Department
of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
P.O. Box 1306
Semmes, AL 36575
Learning To Know, Learning To Grow,
Learning To Live.
teacher of the 5-year
old class at The Little
Tree Preschool, seeing
her student’s smiling
faces running to her
and other staff every
morning makes what
they do well worth it.
In Ms. Jules’ class, the
children are working on
academic and living skills
that help them in the
classroom, at home and
out in the community.
They are learning to
write their names, sound
out words, identify the
seasons, identify money
and much, much more.
Jules says, “There is
no greater satisfaction
than to see children
making connections and
learning skills because
of the time you spend
with them.”
Jules will move to The
Learning Tree, Inc.’s new
program, Woody’s Song,
this August. She will be
the Program Director.
Jennifer Williams is the Campus Supervisor for the Mobile, AL campus of The Learning Tree,
Inc. Jennifer began working at The Learning Tree, Inc. in August 2005 after obtaining a Master’s
degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University. She began employment at The
Learning Tree, Inc. working as an Instructional
Support Specialist. Within a year Jennifer became
the Coordinator of Instructional Supports where she
was responsible for the oversight of all behavioral
programming and plan implementation. After
working in this capacity for two years, Jennifer
was asked to become the Campus Supervisor in
June 2008.
Saturday, February 7, members of the
Mobile Area Young Professionals Alliance
(MAYPA) attended The Learning Tree,
Inc.’s Paint Party where they transformed
the children’s furniture into scenes of
pirates, farm life, circuses, Mardi Gras,
music, wildlife and
more! The furniture
was given back to
the young residents
of The Learning Tree,
Inc. and brightens
up their rooms in the
group homes.
Playground Makeover at
The Little Tree
Saturday, November 15 was an exciting day at The Little Tree Preschool! Over 50
volunteers came out to the school and generously gave their time to help rebuild
the school’s playground. Many local businesses donated materials, helping to
make the dream of a new playground a reality.
A big “THANK YOU” goes out to Dan and Shelby of 95 KSJ, Ashley Zavros with
Clear Channel Radio, and Keith Ferguson with Volunteers of America, SE. This
project would not have happened without their leadership and enthusiasm.
Thanks to the volunteers from MAYPA,
Heath Morris and The Sherwin-Williams
Company located at 3853-A Airport
Boulevard for donating the paint and
Jimmy John’s on DuRhu Drive for
donating lunch.
Jennifer is newly married and her family consists
of her husband, two dogs and one cat. Jennifer
considers the amazing children of The Learning
Tree, Inc. her family. She says, “At such a young
age of 28, I am able to say that I have 22 children!”
Jennifer feels that The Learning Tree, Inc. has been
such a rewarding place of employment, and she feels
honored to be surrounded by wonderful people who
dedicate themselves to the children served.
Please contact Jennifer at 251-649-4420 ext. 11 if you are interested in information regarding The
Learning Tree, Inc. or either of its programs, The Little Tree Preschool or Woody’s Song.
Be sure to dine at
Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe
the week of April 19-26.
We gratefully acknowledge donations received from Nov 2008-Feb 15, 2009
The Learning Tree, Inc’s
Sponsor-a-Child for the Holidays:
Kenneth Baughman
Heather and Marcus Bell
Stan and Angie Chandler,
Ace Courier and Delivery Service, LLC
Jennifer and John Holahan
Sharon and David Smith
Charles Smith, Charles H. Smith
Air Conditioning and Heating
Dr. John Tomberlin, South Alabama
Diagnostic Imaging, P.C.
Dr. Charles Tomberlin
John Tomberlin, Tomberlin, Young and
Folmar Insurance Group
In Honor of BB:
Mary Ruth and David Jones
Jenna P. and C. Guy Lowe Jones
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Jones, III
Tiffany Nettles
Valerie and Ronald Ramsbacher
Rob Walker, IV
In Honor of TK:
Martha Whigham
1000 Miles for The Little Tree 2009:
Dr. Hanes Swingle
The Little Tree
Preschool Playground:
Mr. Daniel Brennan
Woody’s Song:
Dr. Randy Koffler and The Tuesday
AM Men’s Prayer Group
Jill and Clark Lyon
Misc. Donations:
During this week,
1 from every
Brenda Beverly and William Locker
Dr. David Ellis and Ms. Ellen Taylor
Mr. Joseph E. Mayo
Elizabeth Millette
Stacey B. Pearce
Jodi and John Prine
Ellen Shulman
wrap purchased
will be donated to
The Learning Tree, Inc.
Thanks to our friends at
A special thanks to Lowe’s
Heroes at 7760 Airport
Boulevard for donating a play
set for our children of
Woody’s Song to enjoy.
The Little Tree Preschool would also like to thank the project’s sponsors: Jimmy
John’s, United Rentals, YellaWood, Greg Murphy Contracting, Inc., John Holbrook
Construction, Caroline Contracting, The Home Depot, Camille’s Sidewalk Café,
Lowe’s, BLP Mobile Paints, and Fastenal.
Thanks to all those who gave
through Jerre Brimer’s Firstgiving
site: www.firstgiving.org/jerrebrimer
Finally, thanks again to all of the volunteers who came out to help! The smiles on the
children’s faces while enjoying the new playground speak louder than words.
for their support!
Camilles Sidewalk Cafe is located
at 5817 Old Shell Road across
from the USA Mitchell Center.
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