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for the New Year

January 6 - First week of BEGIN classes and STARS After School Enrichment after the holiday break.
January 14 - Parent Group:  Katie Beckett.  BEGIN Families please RSVP to Jazmine McMullen at
January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  CVI closed.
BEGIN & STARS Holiday Party 2019
The BEGIN & STARS Holiday Party took place on Saturday, December 14. The day started when 13 BEGIN children and 32 of their adult family members arrived at the Center. The families had a chance to mingle and have fun doing crafts in our newly updated classrooms. It was soon time to gather for a holiday story under the green and purple decorated tree, which just happen to be the Center's colors! Of course, Santa was on hand to pose for pictures and deliver teddy bears and toy puppies to all the BEGIN children.  

By noon, everyone was a little hungry, so the BEGIN families moved upstairs for lunch, where they found 22 STARS students, along with 27 of their adult family members. Everyone feasted on pizza, cheese, fruit and many kinds of delicious desserts. Lunch marked the end of the day for our smallest children, but the best was yet to come for the STARS students!

After lunch, STARS kids gathered around the tree where Santa handed out the gifts he personally selected for each child. Wrapping paper flew as the STARS kids excitedly unwrapped their presents.  There were beaming smiles on every face.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Volunteers, Mentors and our CVI work colleagues who graciously gave up a Saturday to help ensure that the party was a success. We also want to extend special thanks to two gentlemen: Jerry Moore III, who continued his 5 year tradition by donating gifts for the STARS students, and Lorenzo Powell, who delivered our party invitation to Santa and made sure he was able to attend (wink, wink).  

A large group of BEGIN and STARS families sit together eating lunch.
BEGIN & STARS families sit together eating lunch.
BEGIN child Londyn sits on her teacher's lap.   She is using a glue stick to complete a snowman craft.
BEGIN child Londyn completes a craft.
STARS student Takaria sits at a table to ice a cookie.  She is wearing a purple outfit and is smiling.   
STARS student Takaria ices a cookie.

 BEGIN child Antwan visits with Santa.  Antwan is standing while Santa sits.  Antwan is wearing a black track suit with white stripes.   
BEGIN child Antwan visits with Santa.

 STARS students Aidan and Terry sit at a table together to work on their craft projects.  Aidan is wearing a white cowboy hat and Terry is wearing a red Santa hat.   
STARS students Aidan and Terry decorate their craft projects.

 BEGIN child Kennedy receives a toy puppy from Santa.     
BEGIN child Kennedy receives a toy puppy from Santa.

 STARS student Arianna reaches over the heads of the younger STARS student to receive her present from Santa.   
STARS student Arianna receives a gift from Santa.

 BEGIN child Sophie plus her mom and brother work together on a snowflake craft.  Sophie is using a lightbox to help her decorate the snowflake.   
BEGIN child Sophie and her family use a lightbox to work on a snowflake craft.

 Under the watchful eye of Santa, a group of STARS boys sit in the floor and compare their presents after tearing off the wrapping paper.     
Under the watchful eye of Santa, a group of STARS boys compare their presents.

 BEGIN child Quentin uses the lightbox to decorate his snowflake craft.  Quentin is carefully holding a Santa toy under one arm.     
BEGIN child Quentin holds a Santa toy while using a lightbox to work on a craft project.

STARS student Hilde sits at a table and paints an ornament. 
STARS student Hilde colors holiday decorations.

 STARS student Elizabeth reaches for her present from Santa as the other students wait their turn. 
STARS student Elizabeth reaches for her present from Santa.

   BEGIN child Everett helps his dad strum a toy guitar.  They are wearing matching festive red and black flannel shirts.   
BEGIN child Everett helps his dad play guitar.

 STARS student Kyler reaches to receive his gift from Santa. 
STARS student Kyler receives a package from Santa.

 BEGIN child Tahir and his mom pose for a portrait with Santa.  Tahir has just received a teddy bear.   
BEGIN child Tahir, his mom and Tahir's new teddy bear pose with Santa.

 STARS student Raveena works on a craft at a table with her instructor, Aracely.   
STARS student Raveena works on a craft with STARS instructor Aracely.

 STARS students gather for a group photo to show off their presents.  There are children of all ages and sizes, but they all have happy smiles lighting up their faces.
STARS students gather for a group photo with their presents.
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Parent Info & Resources
Center for the Visually Impaired

Alliance Theatre

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

Babies Can’t Wait – Georgia   

Chastain Horse Park 

Delta Gamma Atlanta

Emory Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

Georgia Academy for the Blind 

Georgia Department of Education – Visual Impairment/Blindness

Georgia DFCS Kinship Navigator Program

Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAP)


High Museum of Art

Individualized Education Plan – Explained!  

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Lekotek of Georgia

National Eye Institute

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Paths to Literacy

Shakespeare Tavern

Special Education Services and Supports (Georgia)

Talk With Me Baby

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Staff Contacts
Stephanie Pizza, Ed.S, TVI
Director of Children & Youth Services  

Shelby Ball
STARS Program Manager

Dawlyn Dieudonne
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor

Kay Hawkins
Children & Youth Services Program Coordinator
Krista MacCallum
Children & Youth Services Program Instructor

Jazmine W. McMullen MSW
Children & Youth Services Support Coordinator
Avita Morgan TVI
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor
Emily Pack B.S., TVI
BEGIN Program Instructor
Meredith Snellings M.A.
BEGIN Program Instructor
Miguel Eugenio Garcia
Shelia Gooch

Andrew Leslie
Shefeqah Martinez
Felicia Powell
Aracely Rosillo
, UEB Certified
Rashad Williams
Myra Wheat Ed.M
Habtamu Wilson


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