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Welcome to the Camphill Special School Alumni page! If you are a former coworker, student, or staff member, don’t forget to share your news, notes, messages, or photographs with your friends and the greater Camphill Special School family. We will communicate your news on this web page and in our newsletter, Reflections.

Student Alumni & Their Families

Amy Sequenzia, Class of 2005, recently had an essay published on shiftjournal.com.

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2010 graduate Sofia Blackwood's mother Valerie Treseder shared news that her daughter, "is doing great and lives nearby with three other women. She attends the New Mexico Very Special Arts day program and loves it."

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Kate Collier recently shared news and a photo of her son, Chris Heaphy. Chris recently received Diploma Level 2 in Animal Management which he passed after a year at mainstream agricultural college. Now he started with Orchard Leigh Camphill near Stroud as part resident and part volunteer with the idea of training himself up as a Camphill coworker so he might make Camphill his career path. He is signed up at college for more courses and has a placement in a horse therapy center. He also hopes to get a farming apprenticeship and work in an animal rescue center.

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"My name is Rebecca Carnarius and I attended Camphill Special School from September 1980-June 1986, and I had a wonderful teacher, Ingelore Maier, in my first two years there, 7th and 8th grades. She was fantastic, and among the things she did, she directed me in a play about Joan of Arc, which I'll never forget. I had other wonderful teachers, among them, Jette Carlson, Alice Schwabe, John Greene, and Coleman Lyles. I have come a long way since then, and now I work very hard with Goodwill Keystone Area. I'm also working hard toward getting my GED so I can be qualified to enter the next phase, possibly getting a job in the 'outside world,' wherever that may be. I'm thankful for my years there, and all of those wonderful teachers, and I hope to continue learning and growing. By the way, I also wrote a column called "Becky-isms" for the "Radius," as well as a book."

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Charlie Tygiel and his mom, Luise Custer, tend Shilo and Dezy at stables near the Santa Cruz coast. It is his supported living staff who brought the horses into Charlie's life and reconnected him with warm memories of working with Ani and friends at Beaver Run.

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Pamela Smith, who now lives at Camphill Soltane, was asked to participate in a press conference with Pennsylvania Senator Andrew Dinniman on July 12, 2010 regarding Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1443. This bill was introduced to strike the phrase "mental retardation" from state statutes and state use. View Pamela’s speech.

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Amy Sequenzia who graduated in 2005 writes:

Hi friends of Beaver Run and the Transition Program!

I am happy to tell you that I live in Florida now and that I am a self advocate. I am part of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and I traveled to Washington, DC to meet some Senators. I also met the Governor of Florida. I published two books of poems and got a nice letter from the Vice President Joe Biden after he read them.

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Sarah Anderson, Julianna Baker-Cohen, Courtney Becker, Taylor Bowersox, Michael Serocki, and Stephen Smith are living and learning at Camphill Soltane. We saw Sarah, Michael, and Stephen at the Camphill Benefit Concert in New York City on October 6, 2009 and Julianna, Courtney, Julianna, and Stephen (again) at the Camphill Challenge on October 18, 2009.

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After attending a recent event Monty Caldwell emailed a photo of daughter Rachel Caldwell, Class of 1995: “It was such fun seeing the Camphillers! Thanks for taking the time for a great conversation. It was lovely getting brought up to date on a place that has meant so much in our lives.”

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Laura Shumaker, mother of former student Matthew Shumaker, has published a book called A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism. Click here to view a video on the book.

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Jon and Kathi Nuffer write that their son, Jon Nuffer, Class of 2001:"is thriving in a group home, just got a promotion, and will be working at a local church as a maintenance worker. Thank you all again for your kindness and concern for Jon."

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Harvey and Elaine Holtz wrote to Camphill Special School with an update on their son, Matthew Holtz, Class of 1988:

"Matthew is doing well at Triform Camphill Community in Hudson, New York where he has resided for the last twenty years. He has gone through the Student, Apprentice, and Journeyman phases and graduated as a Journeyman. Matthew made various exchange visits to Camphill Village Copake in New York, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Pennsylvania, and the Camphill communities in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. He is very friendly and remembers everyone from Beaver Run, especially when it comes to attending various Camphill conferences, concerts, and other functions. Very truly yours, Harvey and Elaine Holtz"

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Shirley Juniewiz, mother of Alex Juniewicz (“AJ”), who graduated from Beaver Run on 2005 and Beaver Farm in 2008, sent us this update: "AJ currently is living independently at the LaKamp Ranch in Jamestown, California. He attends a day program in Sonora, CA that he enjoys very much. The day program is very social and AJ is developing relationships with staff and other consumers. Through the day program he volunteers at the SPCA (the cat room is his favorite) and the local Food Bank.

Two former Camphill Special School employees provide the majority of his support, so that has provided a smooth transition and they both understand AJ. He is making excellent progress in his independence with the one on one support. Outside of the day program, he volunteers at his Therapeutic Riding facility two afternoons a week doing land work and earns extra riding time. He was quick to tell me on my last visit that he is now leading two horses at a time and helping with wound care on the animals. He also volunteers at a local coffee shop cleaning one afternoon a week. He goes to bed happy and tired each evening.

I am very grateful to the LaKamps for providing this opportunity for AJ. I am also extremely grateful to his one on one supports in his independent living. They both totally changed their lives to give Alex the opportunity to grow and flourish in an environment that is very different from anything he has known in the past and very far from home.

We miss having him close by, but all I have to do is look at this picture or talk to him on the phone and I know that this is the best place for AJ to be. The connections we made at Beaver Run have allowed Alex to have this opportunity.  We are grateful to all.

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Alex Rivin, Class of 2005

Alex visited many of his friends at Camphill Special School during July 2008. After graduating in 2005, Alex participated in our Transition Program for a year before being accepted at Camphill Soltane. In August, Alex began attending Taft College in Taft, California, as a student in the college's Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program. While this will mean Alex is close to his family in the San Francisco area, we will miss his ever-smiling face, cheerful friendliness, and very caring nature. Good luck, Alex; we know you will continue to be successful at Taft!

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Update from Chris Heaphy, former student
"It already has been almost a year and I really miss you lot at Beaver Run and can't wait to see you when I come over. I can't wait to see my class I would have graduated with this year. [Ruskin Mill] College is great and getting even better now that I am gaining independence quickly. I still follow the NBA and NFL closely as well as baseball, hockey, and, of course, football (soccer) and cricket. I couldn't imagine what my life would be like without being at Beaver Run. My College is so different that I took about three months to get used to it. I am eighteen tomorrow and excited and in disbelief."

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Dave Lepkowski, former student
Dave traveled to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park and shared a photo of himself at Edward's Ferry.

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Chris Heaphy, former student, and Kate Collier, mother of Chris and former coworker and teacher
Chris and Kate are slowly settling back to life in Britain. Chris is enjoying his time at Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire. He does organic farming, horse-riding and stable work, pottery, art, ecology, coppicing, paper-making, textiles, computer studies, and works in the forest kitchen. On an evening he is often seen with a buddy watching football in the local pub! Kate is in her foundation year re-training as a psychosynthesis counselor in London. It's very experiential with a lot of studying and a very supportive group of fellow students. She loves it and her training therapist enjoys the challenge!

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Julianna Baker-Cohen, Naomi Fuerman, Derek Frazier, Kyle McBrien, Kathleen Rahling, Alex Rivin, and Stephen Smith, Class of 2007
These seven graduates of Camphill Special School have joined the Camphill Soltane community and were featured in the autumn 2007 issue of Soltane's newsletter.  Coworker Gry Brudvik shares in her article that "the students are great young men and women who have a lot to say about life...we are looking forward to building their knowledge and helping them become responsible citizens of Camphill Soltane and the world."

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Chris Cronin, Class of 2003
Chris’ family recently opened a bed and breakfast, The Primrose Inn, in Cape May and he is involved in almost every aspect of running this charming Victorian inn. Chris helps to clean and prepare guest rooms, care for the grounds, and prepare and serve meals (his double chocolate chip muffins ruined my New Year's resolution!). (Shared by Camphill Special School teacher Becky Rutherford; to learn more about Chris' inn visit www.theprimroseinn.com)

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Mimi Rovner, Class of 2003
Mimi’s family has developed a unique farming day program near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They say they owe their inspiration to Camphill, but I think they are making some very innovative developments, like a wheelchair-accessible chicken coop! Mimi enjoys her days on the farm and her companions who never have worked with animals or in a garden are thrilled as well. (Shared by Camphill Special School teacher Becky Rutherford; to learn more about Mimi's farm visit www.hopespringsfarm.org)

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Lucaneus Barnes
Lucaneus is working at a McDonald’s in Dayton, Ohio and was named February 2006 Employee of the Month.

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Ben Bruschke, Class of 2006
Ben visited us while on winter break from Camphill Triform

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Charlie Tygiel and Bryan Zecca
Their photos recently appeared in Community Voices, the Camphill Communities California newsletter. Charlie lives with Rowan Bondi, our former coworker and pottery instructor, and Bryan is part of the community’s landscaping team, with David Schwartz, another one of our former coworkers.

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Chris holding up his diploma in Animal Management

Charles and his mother Luise

Amy Sequenzia

Sarah and Michael

Stephen

Courtney and a friend from the Transition Program at Beaver Farm

Rachel

AJ

Alex

Chris

Dave at Edward's Ferry

Front, from left: Naomi, Kathleen, Alex, Julianna, and Derek; Back from left: Stephen, two fellow Soltane students, and Kyle

Chris Cronin (center) with his mother Cat (left) entertaining Camphill Special School teacher Becky Rutherford at their Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey

Mimi Rovner and her friend enjoy books in the beautiful surroundings of Hope Springs Farm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Ben Bruschke, Class of 2006

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