After-school program for children with special needs to open in March

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Emma is an inspiration! Without the original Emma, there may not be an Emma’s Place for Exceptional Children.

Special education teacher Heather Barboza once had a student named Emma who inspired her to make change.

For young people like Emma, with special needs and challenges, there are few, if any, after-school options.

So, Heather wanted to find a solution. The result is Emma’s Place for Exceptional Children, just off of 126th and Hemlock in Overland Park.

This Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you are invited to an open house at this amazing spot.

It is designed to be a place where children K-12 can go after school.

It will also be open on days when the schools are closed for ice and snow.

There are two floors filled with educational, social and just-plain-fun experiences such as sensory rooms, a computer café, karaoke and yoga.

In addition to the activities, there is a nutritional element that will make after-school snacks a healthy part of the program.

There’s been a lot of perspiration behind this inspiration!

Now, opening day is almost here.

Here’s the kicker: Emma, the student who got this thing moving in the first place, will be working here to make this an experience that’s as “Unique as your child is Exceptional.”

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