Our final Rockland BOCES “MOVER of the Month” (December) of 2021 is Samantha “Sammi” Lopez from the Jesse J. Kaplan School! Sammi has made great progress through the MOVE™ program and her teacher, Rosemarie Giannella, could not be more proud.

Sammi is able to walk long distances with little to no assistance. She maintains an upright position while walking and looks straight ahead – eager to turn a corner in both the hallways and in her education. Sammi stands at her desk to do her favorite activity (playing the piano!) and at the sink to wash her hands. “Sammi is always happy and striving to be better,” said Rosemarie. “I cannot express how much Sammi has accomplished in such a short amount of time. This honor is so well deserved.” Keep up the great work!

Kaplan’s MOVE™ (Mobility Opportunities via Education) program combines therapy and education to teach children with physical disabilities and complex needs the functional skills of sitting, standing and walking. MOVE™ aims to give children an opportunity to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Every child deserves the right to MOVE™.

Contact the Rockland BOCES Jesse J. Kaplan School at (845) 627-4797 to learn how MOVE™ can help someone in your life.

Rockland BOCES educates and supports learners of all ages and abilities. While some students may occasionally be captured without a face covering, please know that our agency is in full compliance with all local, state and federal mask requirements and related health and safety directives. Rockland BOCES is committed to ensuring that individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19-related challenges or who face particular challenges because of the pandemic can learn and work as safely as possible.