a quarterly publication from outwinter 2011
you are somebody a letter from the executive directorOne of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead who said, Schools. Now, the number of identified homeless children "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed in Charlotte has grown 213% to 4,711. Fortunately, through citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that the support and generosity of our community and the work ever has." I have always believed in the power of ordinary of a passionate board and staff, A Child's Place has been people to do extraordinary things. And nowhere is this more able to serve 2,355 children - a 491% increase from the 480 true than here at A Child's Place. served 5 years ago. I am very proud of the fact that we are serving more children, but Just 21 years ago, some ladies who worked in uptown I am even more concerned Charlotte noticed children playing in a cemetery when they about the 2,356 children who "I always used to say, should have been in school. When asked why they weren't were not served. in school, the children told the ladies they weren't allowed ‘Somebody should do to go to school because they were homeless - they lived We need more Somebodies something about that.' in the shelter. Appalled, these ladies got to work to ensure to help us reach the rest Then I realized, I am that homeless children could receive the education they of the identified homeless deserved. They asked the school system for a teacher and children in our community. First Presbyterian Church for a Sunday School classroom and We need Somebody to - Lily Tomlin
A Child's Place was born as a one-room school for homeless serve as a lunch buddy or children in Charlotte. tutor for a specific child. We need Somebody to sponsor Another one of my favorite quotes is: "I always used to say, a family for the holidays. We need Somebody to collect ‘Somebody should do something about that.' Then I realized, uniforms, snacks, toiletry items and school supplies. We need I am Somebody." (Lily Tomlin) I am so glad the founders of A Somebody to advocate for our children's rights and needs. Child's Place realized they were Somebody. I don't know these We need Somebody to pray for our children. We need women personally. (I wish I did because I sure owe them a debt Somebody to donate funds so we can continue to provide of gratitude!) I'll bet they were busy women. I know they had services and summer camp to even more children. jobs. I imagine they had families and I am guessing they had lots to do. Yet, they carved out the time and energy to start A I believe you are Somebody. I believe we all are Somebody. We Child's Place. I am sure it wasn't easy work. I know they didn't are ordinary people with the power to do extraordinary things. do it alone. I can just see them encouraging others to help: And together, as thoughtful, committed citizens, we can indeed each person doing their part, what little each could do and change the world for Charlotte's homeless children.
collectively they created a place for homeless children when they had none. Had they waited on Somebody else to do it, A Child's Place would not exist today. When I joined A Child's Place 5 years ago, there were 2,208 identified homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg – Annabelle Suddreth

holiday sponsorshipIt's that time of the year again! Thanksgiving and Holiday Sponsor a family for the Winter holiday and provide gifts, Sponsorship sign up is now available on our website, clothes and a grocery store gift card for our client children to open up during a holiday where they normally would go without. This opportunity means making the season bright for ACP client families. Sponsor a family for Thanksgiving and You can make a difference and a happy holiday for the provide a grocery store gift card for them to use to buy homeless children in Charlotte. Please visit the website for the ingredients for their own special Thanksgiving Meal. more information. Each donation, however big or small, Maybe even add a recipe of your own to add a special helps to make this time of year happy for our client families.
school suppliesOur children were in need, we asked, and you delivered! Thanks to all of our community partners and individual donors ACP client children started the school year off right. With a new book bag filled with school supplies on their backs, a new uniform to fit in with their peers, and confidence knowing that A Child's Place and the community were supporting them. Unfortunately, many of our client children have to grow up too fast and have worries that most adults have never dealt with. The simple gesture of new supplies and clothes for schools relieves their mind of one more worry. The community has continuously stepped up to the challenge whenever ACP has had a need. Our thanks cannot be said enough, so let us tell you thank you in the words of one of our client children: " Thank for my new book bag, school UWCC Uniforms Donation – Thank you to the United Way of Central
supplies and uniform. When I opened my book bag I found Carolinas and Belk for their donation of 1,000 new school uniforms for it had everything I could ever need." – David.
A Child's Place client children! SAVE THE DATE!
A Swine Evening 2012 will be on June 2, 2012 at the Renaissance
Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Center Drive in Charlotte.
A Child's Place of Charlotte began in 1989 as a A Child's Place provides services in four key areas:
one room school for homeless children, teaching and positive school efforts to identify and student support
kindergarten through the sixth grade. Today, ensures homeless environment and addresses address the root causes of homeless children are mainstreamed and our students' physical, social homeless students' their housing crisis.
social work staff works in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and emotional needs are educational gaps.
my place summer day
public elementary and middle schools in poverty- met so they are in the parent education
stricken areas. We also consult and provide referral camp provides qualified adult
classroom and able to and support responds services for every school within our community supervision and an academic focus on their lessons.
to the unique needs of where homeless children are enrolled. Volunteers, bridge for homeless students academic support
homeless students and in-kind donations and links to existing community too young to stay alone promotes a stable families and assists parents' resources extend A Child's Place staff's reach.
during the summer break.
acp staff
Annabelle Suddreth
Executive Director
My Place means to me love, fun and success because my place Jane Madison
cares about us. When volunteers come out and help us with field day, book Executive Assistant Laurie Schwartz
bags, swim suits and carnivals. Mr. Patrick taught us a new rule to treat Development Director people the way you want to be treated. When readers come out to read to Aimee Brunton
Partnership Manager
us they teach us about safety, friendship and respect. I want to thank all of Emily Arceneaux
the staff, volunteers, teachers and coaches. I am going to miss Development Associate my place summer camp. – My Place Camper
Jessica Norwood
Development Associate
Jen Yoger
Development Associate
Kim Parker gets a makeover Heather Kilcoin
Program Manager
Due to the increase in homeless students this and follow the easy sign up for our e-newsletter, year, A Child's Place is growing and expanding to volunteer, to sponsor a family for thanksgiving Katrina Griggs
Program Manager
and we want to make you a part of it! Please join or the holidays, or even fill out an information us in celebrating our new official webpage at request if the information you are looking for is Terry Tiamd
Assessment Specialist/ We have been working not on the site.
Mecklenburg County to make the website more accessible and Elizabeth Earles
informative to our donors, future donors and clients. Please take the time to peruse the site Thank you and Enjoy!
Virginia Humphreys
Social Worker
Beth Jorgenson
Social Worker
Shonise Kennedy
Social Worker
Fondtrice McCormick
Social Worker
Kim Mitchell
UWCC Uniforms Donation – Thank you to the United Way of Central
Carolinas and Belk for their donation of 1,000 new school uniforms for A Child's Place client children! Joy Montzka
Social Worker
Shurna Rabsatt
Social Worker
Tara Alexander
Student Advocate
City Side Management – This energetic bunch came
Judy Brooks
to our main office with school supplies, uniforms, book Student Advocate bags and a check!! Thank you for your support, City Side Management! Tieshia Pickett
Student Advocate
Ann Sherrill
Student Advocate
Judy Shorts
Student Advocate
Ebony Wiggins
Student Advocate
Mecklenburg Community Church – A book
bag for every A Child's Place student! Thank you
Emily Yang
Student Advocate
Mecklenburg Community Church for the book bag donation at Druid Hills Elementary.
Megan Zachary
Student Advocate
My Place Swimming Lessons – My Place Summer Day
Camp was able to offer 4 days of swimming lessons to
our client campers thanks to local nonprofit SwimMAC
and Johnson C. Smith University.
thank you!
board of directors
Nadia was a very shy, scared, withdrawn second grader last year. She Jerry Castelloe President
spent most of her time worrying about her mother instead of her David Bodel Vice-President
Steve Hershfield Treasurer
academics. She was worried that something would happen to take her Gina Hight Sheridan Secretary
mom away or they would have to move again. She never felt safe in school because of her transitional lifestyle. Natalie Brown Sandi Buchanan As a camper at A Child's Place My Place Summer Day Camp, Nadia finally felt safe. The safety provided by camp allowed her to open up to Preeti Kundra Deshmukh her peers and camp staff and actually enjoy her time away from home. She began to excel in her education, especially math. Dr. Kimmery Fleischli Keith Gargus Now, at the beginning of her third grade school year, Nadia is a leader in the classroom, exuding confidence. Not only does she enjoy Gregg Huether Amy Johnson her experience at school with peers she can call friends, but is also expressing her emotions more freely to school and ACP staff members. Natalie Pasquarella Her teacher described her as "rockin "at math and highly energetic. Barb Pellin Phillip Pounds Because of her time and experience at My Place Summer Camp, John A. Powell III Nadia can now concentrate on what a nine-year-old should instead of worrying about her mom. She can excel and grow in her academics William T. "Bill" Ryans and friendships. Mujeeb Shah-Khan Sheila Shirley A struggle with most ACP client children is being able to express emotions about their current living situation and how to explain their needs. After feeling safe and supported by our ACP staff at My Place Annabelle Suddreth Executive Director
and in her elementary school, Nadia can now vocalize her emotions and Laurie Schwartz Development Director
troubles, which allows our staff to help correct them and ease her mind.
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thanks to our sponsors! The 2011 A Swine Evening fundraiser was a great success – raising $160,000 to help area homeless children! And it wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

thanks to our donors and celebrities! Our celebrity-autographed piggy banks at
A Swine Evening are auctioned along with
great trips, tickets, meals and more!

We'd like to thank these generous donors for making that possible. One last thank you…to our wonderful Event Committee and volunteers whose long hours, energy, creativity and commitment were so much a part of our success! With gratitude, The Board of Directors, staff and client children of A Child's Place P.S. A Swine Evening 2012 will be on June 2nd at
the Renaissance Hotel. You can see more of the
piggy banks and photos from the 2011 event at
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Detection, Occurrence, and Fate of Emerging Contaminants in Agricultural Environments Daniel D. Snow1, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt2, Samuel E. Saunders3 and David A. Cassada4 ‘Emerging' contaminants are any synthetic or steroid hormones and other endocrine-disrupting naturally-occurring chemical or microorganism not commonly monitored in the environment. These "new"


Active Music Therapy in Parkinson's Disease: An Integrative Method for Motorand Emotional RehabilitationCLAUDIO PACCHETTI, MD, FRANCESCA MANCINI, MD, ROBERTO AGLIERI, CIRA FUNDAR O, MD, EMILIA MARTIGNONI, MD,AND GIUSEPPE NAPPI, MD Background: Modern management of Parkinson's disease (PD) aims to obtain symptom control, to reduce clinicaldisability, and to improve quality of life. Music acts as a specific stimulus to obtain motor and emotional responsesby combining movement and stimulation of different sensory pathways. We explored the efficacy of active musictherapy (MT) on motor and emotional functions in patients with PD. Methods: This prospective, randomized,controlled, single-blinded study lasted 3 months. It consisted of weekly sessions of MT and physical therapy (PT).Thirty-two patients with PD, all stable responders to levodopa and in Hoehn and Yahr stage 2 or 3, were randomlyassigned to two groups of 16 patients each. We assessed severity of PD with the Unified Parkinson's Disease RatingScale, emotional functions with the Happiness Measure, and quality of life using the Parkinson's Disease Qualityof Life Questionnaire. MT sessions consisted of choral singing, voice exercise, rhythmic and free body movements,and active music involving collective invention. PT sessions included a series of passive stretching exercises,specific motor tasks, and strategies to improve balance and gait. Results: MT had a significant overall effect onbradykinesia as measured by the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (p ⬍ .034). Post–MT session findingswere consistent with motor improvement, especially in bradykinesia items (p ⬍ .0001). Over time, changes on theHappiness Measure confirmed a beneficial effect of MT on emotional functions (p ⬍ .0001). Improvements inactivities of daily living and in quality of life were also documented in the MT group (p ⬍ .0001). PT improvedrigidity (p ⬍ .0001). Conclusions: MT is effective on motor, affective, and behavioral functions. We propose activeMT as a new method for inclusion in PD rehabilitation programs. Key words: music therapy, Parkinson's disease,rehabilitation.