Weekly Roundup: February 23, 2024

Categories: Newsletter

Family Fun Family Fun was a sunny day in our back lot where our youngest friends got together to talk to local firefighters from the Pittsburgh Fire Department and explore a fire truck! Members made gratitude cards for PFD, enjoyed some balloon twisting, created rice design crafts, and, of course, loved getting to be together for a music circle and… Read More

Weekly Roundup: February 9, 2024

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Sunday Funday Members became jugglers for this Sunday Funday! O’Ryan the Amazing taught everyone how to balance feathers and juggle scarves. Members loved passing around a spinning plate and using teamwork to make it happen! We also enjoyed some small Minute to Win It relay games: passing around beach balls using frisbees, completing word scrambles, balancing eggs on a spoon,… Read More

Weekly Roundup: January 26, 2024

Categories: Friendship Circle, Newsletter

Training Tracks: Teens Weigh In Jason Smierciak of Self-Advocacy Voices, University of Pittsburgh Visiting Lecturer Alonna Carter-Donaldson, and FOTT member Brandon Carter joined a group of FC teens on Monday for a discussion about disability history and advocacy. Members of FC’s Teen Leadership Board wrote questions beforehand and participants broke out into small groups to help facilitate the conversation. Jason… Read More

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Weekly Roundup: March 1, 2024

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