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Last Updated: 3-27-20


  • During the governor's press conference today, he communicated that all school districts, in New York State, will remain closed, until April 15, 2020. Wildwood will be closed for our scheduled Spring Break beginning Friday, April 10, 2020 through Friday April 17, 2020. We will return from Spring Break on Monday, April 20, 2020, unless otherwise directed by the governor. Until our Spring Break begins, Wildwood School remains prepared and committed, and will continue to communicate with families and school districts, provide meaningful updated educational content, and continue to enhance our educational resource website. We will update our status, as necessary, to keep everyone informed. Thank you all for your patience and flexibility, during this challenging time.


  • Wildwood Day Services Including Without Walls is closed and will be reevaluated on April 1.


  • Wildwood's Offices at 2995 Curry Road Extension, Schenectady; 1190 Troy-Schenectady Road,  Latham;  Day Services at 421a New Karner Rd, Albany; Day Services at 1407 Rte. 9 Building 3 Halfmoon, NY 12065; and  Day Services, 1 Springhurst Dr. Suite 10 East Greenbush, NY. 12061 are closed and will be reevaluated on April 1, 2020. Facility staff are present at the Curry Road Extension site and the Troy-Schenectady Rd site.


  • Wildwood Residential Services remain in service with restrictions on visitation. Please contact the residential program director for further information.



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On March 10, 2020, the Wildwood Foundation hosted their first fundraising event of the season: Trivia Night.

Held at Fort Orange Brewing in Albany, the event generated approximately $7,000 in donations to directly benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families. The night was filled with great beer, great food, over 130 people on 24 different teams that were competing for a cause. The first place team (“Even Lower Expectations”) was the winner of a SEFCU-sponsored $500 Grand Prize, and received a complimentary invitation to SEFCU’s Capital Region’s Smartest Company event in the fall.

We were excited to see a mix of participants, with teams created by Wildwood staff, family members of staff, sponsors, community partners, and people from the wider Capital Region. Many attendees were attending their first-ever Wildwood Fundraiser. One thing to note was that the event seemed to be well-attended by a younger demographic, which would be the result of advertising primarily though social media.

In addition to the teams that participated and the raffles that were held, the night was a success thanks to the support of our generous sponsors and donors. These include SEFCU, Wilde Construction, McCauley Electrical, and Datto, Inc., and the in-kind donations from Fort Orange, El Loco Mexican Cantina, and Memorama Team Trivia.

 

Check out the SEEN Gallery on the Times Union website!

https://www.timesunion.com/seen-events/slideshow/SEEN-Wildwood-Foundation-Trivia-Night-Fundraiser-200829.php

March is recognized as National Nutrition Month, and with the beginning of the month comes the start of a new initiative at Wildwood.

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) is a nationwide effort to promote awareness and change in the areas of eating and exercise. Wildwood Schools adopted the initiative for the first time in 2014, with the hopes of improving nutritional habits and increasing physical activity for students. The focus was placed on educating students about choices they could make in the areas of nutrition and exercise, and how healthy habits can be beneficial in all aspects of life. With HEAL in place, the school began to provide regular physical activities and increase the amount of healthy food choices available. A walking club started, where participants are recognized and awarded for the amount they walk, access to a track and greenhouse was created as a way to provide additional healthy activities.

With the success of HEAL at the school, it was decided to bring rest of Wildwood in on the initiative. The new push will focus on reaching residences, staff members, and programs that haven’t previously been involved. To kick it off, a competition has been put in place for people to test their knowledge, educate themselves through nutrition-based games, and share how they stay active and eat healthy. Through creating this fun, competitive environment, the hope is for people to recognize the healthy choices that they’re already making – and what potential changes can be made in the future.\

Though awareness is the primary goal, recognizing choices and change is just as important. Things like: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cutting down to 4 cans of soda a day from 5, substituting olive oil for butter when cooking, or eating fresh vegetables instead of canned…all of these can be beneficial. A path started with a few small steps can lead to a big success.

Despite National Nutrition Month being the catalyst for the HEAL kickoff, the potential for this initiative remains boundless, even after March is over.

Watch the HEAL Kickoff Video!

Staff at Wildwood often come up with their own inventive, interesting ways to teach new skills and help problem-solve different challenges an individual may face. Last month, two members of the residential staff — Ashley Cook and Leslie Malloy — recognized that one of the residents they supervised did not fully understand the difference in what to do when a fire drill occurred vs. when there was an actual fire. So, they teamed up to help educate the individual in a different way.  

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