Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, Green Chimneys School students are showing a range of ways they are learning and growing. During the last quarter, over 115 of our students made the honor roll or high honor roll. That's more than half of the student body! And while we have many children with special needs who have excelled at academics, most students have worked hard to adapt to new situations, practice communication skills and enhance coping skills.
Recognizing small and large accomplishments is woven into the fabric of Green Chimneys, and staff strive to help students improve confidence by helping them experience success in building relationships, embracing patience, and partnering with animals and nature to accomplish new tasks. The month's influx of snow and ice added to schedule disruptions for students and complications for staff, but the care of our children and animals knows no interruption.
Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services, in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature.
Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center in Brewster, NY, with a second campus in Carmel, NY, Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Green Chimneys services include an accredited special education school on two campuses; residential treatment center; nature-based therapeutic programs; community-based support for youth and families; and public education and recreation opportunities for all ages.