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My name is Leigh Ann and as most you know I am the Program Director at The Little Tree Preschool-Auburn.
I believe strongly in The Little Tree and I am participating for my second time in 1,000 Miles for The Learning Tree, Inc. I am riding to support the services that are being provided for the children by a great group of professionals; please read below for more information on the program and details of the ride.
To give you some background, The Little Tree is a program of The Learning Tree, Inc., a non-profit organization for children and adults with developmental disabilities who need significant supports in all areas of their lives. Before coming to The Little Tree-Auburn, I worked at the Mobile campus of The Learning Tree, Inc.; however, the organization has residential schools throughout the state of Alabama (Mobile, Jacksonville, and Tallassee).
In addition to the three residential schools, The Learning Tree, Inc. also operates three preschools, one of these I am lucky enough to work at. As I mentioned, I work at the The Little Tree-Auburn, which operates in collaboration with Auburn University; another preschool is in Mobile, in collaboration with Mobile County Public Schools; and the third preschool is in Jacksonville, in collaboration with Jacksonville State University.
The Little Tree is a totally inclusive preschool program, meaning that we provide preschool services for typical children and their peers with autism and other developmental delays. Through the use of scientifically validated methods, the outcomes achieved with the children are simply amazing. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great program.
If you know me, then you know that I believe strongly in early intervention for children with autism and other developmental delays and I am very passionate about what I do each day. By utilizing research based methods at an early age, we can significantly reduce the possibility that a child will later need to be referred to a residential treatment program such as The Learning Tree, Inc. due to the emergence of challenging behaviors resulting from the lack of appropriate early educational interventions.
From April 22-May 1, 2011 I will ride a bike, from the Little Tree in Jacksonville, AL, to The Little Tree in Auburn, to Panama City, Florida to The Little Tree in Mobile, with a goal of raising at least $2,000 for the Auburn preschool.
I would like to invite you to join me in meeting this personal goal. I will pedal and you can know that you helped change the lives of some very special children, and helped build the very best preschool in the Southeast.
Thank you for taking the time to read about the program and the special work that we do. Many thanks for your support -- and please don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think may be interested!
All the best,