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Daily Information 23 March 2011

Daily Information 23 March 2011

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Daily Information Update for Fort Campbell, KY
March March March March 22223333, 2011 , 2011 , 2011 , 2011 
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1) EFMP: Morgan's Wonderland2) EFMP: Changes to Camp We Can3) HURRY! Special Event to Celebrate and Honor Military Families -Closes APRIL 1ST1) EFMP: Morgan's WonderlandPlease see the attached flyer about a new Family Fun Park specifically designedfor children and adults with special needs.Sarah Bolinger, Program CoordinatorArmy Community Service, Exceptional Family Member ProgramPhone: 270-956-2529/798-2727For More Information: Bob McCullough, APR, (210) 495-5888 orbmccullough@MorgansWonderland.com March 17, 2011Morgan's Wonderland Looks To Welcome Even More Special-Needs Guests in2011SAN ANTONIO - After a 2010 inaugural season that far exceeded expectations,Morgan's Wonderland - the world's first ultra-accessible family fun parkspecifically designed with special-needs kids and adults of all ages in mind -has begun its 2011 season with new enhancements for park guests."Morgan's Wonderland is the very first park of its kind," said philanthropistGordon Hartman, president and CEO of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation, "sowe've learned lessons that have led to improvements for 2011. It was gratifyingindeed to welcome approximately 100,000 guests from 47 states and 13 othercountries in our first season."Guests in survey research said they want more food options, so an expandedconcessions area will offer beverages and snacks including hot dogs, nachos,pretzels, popcorn, frozen lemonade and other park fare.They have the option of purchasing food items or bringing their own food into thepark. Guests also requested a cooler environment at the Picnic Place, so fans andmassive shade structures covering most of the picnic tables and seating have beeninstalled. Shade also has been added to the entry courtyard where guests afterexiting the Welcome Center get themselves organized for an enjoyable day in thepark.Encompassing 25 acres in Northeast San Antonio, unique and colorful Morgan'sWonderland is completely wheelchair accessible. Admission for those with specialneeds is free; admission for accompanying family members, friends and caregiversis $10 per person. For groups that do not have special-needs individuals amongthem, general admission is $15 per person. Children age 2 and younger are alsoadmitted free of charge.
 
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Latest information on days and hours of operation can be found atwww.MorgansWonderland.com."Morgan's Wonderland is a special place where anyone can have fun,"Hartman said, "but it was created with special-needs individuals in mind. We'vetaken an abandoned rock quarry and transformed it into an outdoor recreationoasis for those with cognitive and physical challenges. Unfortunately, countlesschildren and adults with special needs do not have access to facilities that canhelp them fully enjoy outdoor recreation. We truly hope Morgan's Wonderland willbegin to change that."To provide non-profit Morgan's Wonderland with a steady revenue stream for long-term success, Hartman has secured a North American Soccer League team - the SanAntonio Scorpions FC - that will begin play in spring 2012. All Scorpions profitswill be earmarked for Morgan's Wonderland. This is the first time a professionalsports team has been organized to benefit the special-needs community, he noted.More information is available atwww.SanAntonioScorpions.com.The inspiration for Morgan's Wonderland came from Hartman's 17-year-old daughterMorgan. Her soaring spirit despite personal challenges sparked within Hartman adeep desire to create a haven not only for those with special needs but also fortheir families, caregivers and invited friends. "Inclusion is the overarchingobjective for Morgan's Wonderland," he explained. "Our vision is to play aninstrumental role in helping establish more ultra-accessible family fun parksthroughout the nation."Morgan's Wonderland opened March 3, 2010, and celebrated its grand opening April10, 2010. It features more than 25 elements and attractions including rides,playgrounds, gardens, an eight-acre fishing lake, 18,000-square-foot special-event center, 575-seat amphitheater, picnic area and rest areas throughout thepark.Signature elements include rides that can accommodate wheelchair-bound guests;the Sensory Village(tm), a cluster of themed spaces such as an auto fix-it shop,grocery store and TV station that offer sensory stimulation through colors,lights, sounds and textures; and the SandCircle(tm) play area, where even kids and adults in wheelchairs can scoop up sandand be part of the fun. In contrast, the nearby Garden Sanctuary offers a quietretreat in the heart of the park, and its semicircular Memorial Wall is engravedwith names of loved ones with special needs who have passed away.Other park features include Braille signage, a 3-D park model, 18 ADA-compliantrestrooms, a first-aid station, vending machines and seven acres of free parking.The Picnic Place is available for those who wish to bring their own food to thepark, and the special-event center as well as pavilions can be reserved forbirthday parties, family gatherings, fundraisers and other special events.Morgan's Wonderland guests are encouraged to pre-register and make a reservationonline or by phone - (210) 637-3434 - before arriving at the park, said DaveForce, general manager. The purpose is to prevent overcrowding and to ensureadequate numbers of staff members and volunteers are on hand to accommodateguests' needs.
 
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"As our guests arrive, they're assigned special RFID (radio frequencyidentification) wristbands," he added. "Location station monitors are situatedthroughout the park. By simply scanning his or her wristband, a member of a groupcan quickly locate others in the group if they become separated. The wristbandsnot only provide comfort and security against a child getting lost, but they alsohelp guard against the possibility of a child leaving with a stranger or leavingthe park alone."In 2007, The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation was instrumental in the creation ofSOAR (Sports Outdoor And Recreation), a non-profit organization to raise fundsfor building Morgan's Wonderland.Construction on the $34 million park began in spring 2009.Morgan's Wonderland is part of a larger 106-acre sports venue to encourageinclusive recreation whereby individuals of all abilities can play side-by-side.The next-door STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex offers 13 lightedsoccer fields for tournaments, instructional clinics and special events. Proceedsfrom STAR Soccer go to support the operation and maintenance of Morgan'sWonderland. Likewise, revenue from the Scorpions FC pro team of the NorthAmerican Soccer League will provide additional financial support when competitionbegins in 2012.Morgan's Wonderland is located in just off IH 35 at the intersection of WurzbachParkway and Thousand Oaks Drive. For more information, visitwww.MorgansWonderland.com 2) EFMP: Changes to Camp We CanDear EFMP Families,Usually by this time of year the annual summer camp applications are out andeveryone is making plans for their summer activities. However, the economiccrunch has forced Camp We Can organizers, CYSS, to re-think their usual way ofdoing things and changes are necessary. The Special Needs Summer Camp, or "CampWe Can", is not a budgeted event, but for the past three years CYSS has been ableto use monies left over from other programs; unfortunately, this is not apractice that can be continued.Since ACS, EFMP is your point of contact, we feel it is our responsibilityto keep you informed. Camp We Can for 2011 will last for one week only-11-15 July. The ages for the camp will be 5-18. The Camp will be open for 100children only. T-shirts will be available for purchase. There will be nocarnival at the end of the camp.Thus far, we have no applications but when they are available, you will benotified by e-mail.Sarah Bolinger, Program CoordinatorArmy Community Service, Exceptional Family Member Program

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