A day of Pumpkin Race fun can make a world of difference!

The CHOICE Team worked hard to power the 2016 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race and Pumpkin Races in over 23 cities as part of their work experience, local booster fundraising, and involvement in National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  #InclusionWorks

2 weeks of training and 6 weeks of work experience assembling Special Edition “Made by CHOICE” Pumpkin Race Kits in their off-campus neurodiverse workplace…

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3 weeks of community outreach, socializing, and booster fundraising with Pumpkin Race Kit sales at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market

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1 day of PURE FUN kicking off the 2016 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race….group-shot

and community outreach, bonding, booster fundraising with Made by CHOICE products…

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The CHOICE Team was treated to an appreciation brunch and received certificates of participation and completion of the 2016 Pumpkin Race project in partnership with Smashing Success and the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department.

MBUSD CHOICE IN THE NEWS…

NBC NEWS LOS ANGELES – http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/l
ocal/Gourds-on-the-Go-Manhattan-Beach-Pumpkin-Race-397928131.html
THE BEACH REPORTER – http://tbrnews.com/news/manhattan-beach-pumpkin-race-helps-with-autism-awareness/article_a2ecaa24-9637-11e6-8bad-c3aa1ede1aa4.html
THE BEACH REPORTER –  http://tbrnews.com/news/attend-th-annual-manhattan-beach-pumpkin-race/article_8bbd64c8-9b01-11e6-b088-f3082a719ee2.html
DIG MB – http://www.digmb.com/2016/10/21/124982/pumpkin-race-aims-to-make-autism-work
CHICAGO TRIBUNE –  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-pumpkin-race-autism-st-1019-20161015-story.html
VOICE OF AMERICA (Russian Version) – http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/a/pumpkin-race-halloween/3567495.html

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING

THE MBUSD CHOICE TEAM !!!

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A BIG THANK YOU from the MBUSD CHOICE Team!

A big THANK YOU to every wonderful and kind person who supported the MBUSD CHOICE Team 2016 Season Kick-Off event April 20th at the Manhattan Beach County Library.   Your presence let us know that our community is ready, willing, and able to help our young adult neurodiverse population succeed in their individual transition goals.  To all of those who showed support online, or were unable to attend in person, your emotional and financial support was felt in the room by all.    Thank you all!

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A BIG THANK YOU also to the growing number of local businesses and civic organizations opening your workplaces and hearts to support the CHOICE Transition Program and the 2016 CHOICE Team.

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Charter MBUSD CHOICE Program partners and supporters include the City of Manhattan Beach, MB Parks and Recreation, Manhattan Beach Unified School District, LAcarGUY, Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, Downtown Business & Professional Association, Smashing Success, Tabula Rasa, Grow Produce, Nikau Kai Waterman Shop, El Segundo Animal Hospital, Spicers Paper, and others.

Thank you Abby Hacohen for writing this informative DIGMB.COM article about the formation of the MBUSD CHOICE Program and booster.

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Above, CHOICE booster volunteer and residential Autism services provider Matt Moser accepts donations for delicious and delightful MADE BY CHOICE items assembled by the CHOICE Team.

Above far right, (L to R) Steve Napolitano (Sr. Deputy LA County Supervisor 4th District), Karl Rogers (President Smashing Success), Kay Holliday (President, CHOICE Booster Club)

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MBUSD CHOICE Program and Booster Kick-Off: From L to R: Carolyn Robb (VP Fundraising), Lisa Weaver (Volunteer), Michael Hudak (MB Parks & Rec), Kay Holliday (President CHOICE Booster Club), Idris Al-Oboudi (Manager MB Parks & Rec), Sonia Dickson (CHOICE Program Developer), Wayne Powell (MB City Councilmember), Lareina Rodriguez (CHOICE Instructor), Karl Rogers (President, Smashing Success), Mike Sullivan (Owner, LAcarGuy)   Photo: Abby Hacohen/DIGMB