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Parents Weekend Band
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Ben, Diego and Justin awed their audience with an stellar  performance during Parents' Weekend.
Parents Weekend Trampoline
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The trapeze trampoline proved to be a popular attraction as students spent their time bouncing and flipping for fun.
Parents Weekend Softball
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Let's Play Ball!
The Saturday afternoon events of Parents' Weekend wrapped up with a high-spirited softball game involving parents, students and staff.
Parents Weekend Bidding
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A Glenholme parent and strong supporter of the school, Janet Livingston, gets in on the bidding frenzie during Friday night's live auction.
Washington, CT - Parents’ Weekend once again brought the campus of the Glenholme School to life with energy and excitement. Themed, “Play Bill Play Ball,” the many amazing events were appreciated by arts aficionados to sports enthusiasts alike. The main purpose for this Parents’ Weekend is prominently poised for all arriving eyes to see; the school’s new Center for the Arts, which is situated majestically on the east edge of campus. The beautiful building is absolutely breathtaking, even in its unfinished state.

Performing arts are vital to the development of students at Glenholme and the Center for the Arts has been a dream for nearly a decade for many. While construction is in full swing, the fundraising effort for phase II continues with unparalleled passion to see this project completed. Watching the red tape of the fundraising meter move higher after the late April Parents’ Weekend is evidence that the entire community including students, parents, and staff are behind the effort wholeheartedly.

Parents’ Weekend is not just any fundraiser. It is the annual Glenholme tradition where families spend time together as a community on campus. The weekend kicked off on Friday, April 30, with a student chorale performance which delivered an exhilarating selection of songs celebrating the theme of the weekend. Saturday delivered a day of engaging activities and events from every aspect of student life including Robotics, Movie Club, equestrian, fitness, go karts, art displays, an abundance of electrifying performances; and even a few extras to flip for including the trapeze trampoline and the portrait artists. The campus team competitions united parents, students, and staff in rousing games of basketball game and softball. If the swelled schedule of activities was not enough excitement, the frenzy of bidding at the silent auction wrapped up the Saturday morning events with a flurry of fun.

Winners celebrated into the night as Saturday evening culminated with two live auction events, on campus and off. The on campus auction for the students engaged them in bidding for all kinds of student-tailored items and activities donated by the staff. While the adult experienced a high energetic, elegant auction evening where the bidding excitement seemed contagious as bidding paddles flashed quickly for many amazing excursions, coveted items such as “Head of School for a Day ,” and special events involving Mark Wahlberg, including a walk-on movie role in Entourage.

It was a beautiful weekend for Glenholme. The result of another spectacular Parents’ Weekend brought the school closer to fulfilling the goal for Center for the Arts Campaign.  While promises and pledges are still coming in, the weekend tally thus far has topped last year’s star-studded auction event with James Marsden and Jessica Biel. If you would like to contribute to the Center for the Arts Campaign, contact Anthony Mercogliano at amercogl@devereux.org, or 860.688.7377, for ways to make to contribute to the Center for the Arts Campaign or click here to donate online.

The Glenholme School, a Devereux Center, is an exceptional boarding school for students with special needs, which offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying levels of academic, social and special needs development in boys and girls ages 10-18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates for continued education in traditional day schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/.
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