BU students help Gigi’s Playhouse | WIVT


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VESTAL, NY – For the past few years, Price Water House Cooper Fellows have worked on projects that give back to the community.

This year’s effort is helping a relatively new organization in our region that is changing perceptions of the Down syndrome community.

PWC scholarship holders are made up of the top 10% of the BU School of Management.

This year they have decided to focus on two main components of GiGi’s gaming house.

The first was to create a fresco for the entrance.

The mosaic has a lot of bright colors and hearts in hands. Researchers worked alongside people with Down’s syndrome to prepare the mosaic tiles in the studio of artist Emily Jablon.

Jablon says both groups have contributed a lot to the project.

“Working with BU Scholars, PWC Scholars as well as GiGi attendees in the studio at the same time was actually an amazing experience that I noticed and took a step back and watched it and I been completely blown away, ”says Jablon.

Jablon says it was like working with both sides of the brain.

The left being the students of the BU and the right the participants of GiGi.

PWC Fellows President Mark Stein said this mosaic was a community effort, watching it grow was so empowering.

“Honestly I think it was one of the best experiences, working with the attendees, seeing them smile, seeing them being part of the work with the PWC fellows is something that in my opinion really made this event so great. so much more special project, ”says Stein.

In addition to the mural they created outside GiGi’s playhouse, the PWC fellows are also building a brand new kitchen at the back of the playhouse to teach children and adults alike. with Down syndrome life skills while developing fine motor skills.

GiGi’s Playhouse has never had a fully functional kitchen.

The Playhouse is always looking for ways to expand its career development for adults with Down’s Syndrome.

Anna Bruce, mother of Camden and vice president of GiGi’s Playhouse cannot express enough how much this means to families.

“Having a place for our adults to use a full stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and then have the extra storage space that the researchers immediately noticed was something we were missing is huge,” says Bruce.

The kitchen renovation is expected to be completed by the end of June.

GiGi’s Playhouse is always looking for donations.

If you would like to donate, go to GiGisPlayhouse.org.

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