Monday, October 24th, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Kessler Center, 402 Rogers Parkway, Irondequoit, NY, 14617
IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2011, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Easter Seals New York is celebrating the opening of The Kessler Center with a special ribbon cutting ceremony and ice cream social on Monday, October 24th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Festivities will include a make-your-own-sundae bar, pumpkin painting, and assorted carnival games! Easter Seals New York's brand-new, comprehensive educational and residential program in Rochester, NY will allow for the first time children and young adults with disabilities to receive unparalleled special education, residential supports, and clinical care in their home state.
The Kessler Center provides a full service school for 24 resident students plus 12 day-only students and up to 3 respite placements at a time. The New York State Education Department approved school at The Kessler Center, offers comprehensive special education with six classrooms plus music, and art. The school also been outfitted with a sensory integration room, a computer lab, a library, a revitalized gymnasium, a fully-equipped cafeteria, offices, and room to expand in the future.
"After working for over ten years, it is wonderful to see The Kessler Center become a reality," comments John W. McGrath, Executive Director of Advancement at Easter Seals New York. "Our staff, board, and donors have put in such incredible effort to make sure that children with disabilities have their needs met in-state."
Not only will The Kessler Center change the lives of children whose needs had previously gone unmet, but it has brought 109 new jobs and six million dollars in revenue from the construction to the Rochester area, providing a fresh infusion of professional and support employment to the local. The Kessler Center has continued to hire, adding teaching positions where other communities had lost teachers, and also bringing in clinical, direct support, and maintenance-related employment. The Kessler Center is committed to being a crucial part of the Irondequoit community, as all aspects of its construction and administration come from the Rochester region.
"The Kessler Center exists because of an outpouring of support from a local and state level," says William Costello, Chairman of the Easter Seals New York Western Region Board of Directors. "It is immensely gratifying to be able to give back to those who supported this new program with the diversity of services and state-of-the-art care that The Kessler Center is able to provide."
If you would like to attend the celebration of The Kessler Center at its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony October 24th, or if you would like more information about Easter Seals New York, please call (585) 957-9247 or visit www.eastersealsny.org.
SOURCE Easter Seals New York