Special Stars has had a transformative effect on our daughter. We have been moved to tears many times as she has surprised us with what she can do. It is a remarkable and supportive community to be part of!
Sea Festival of Trees 2015
This program truly brings out our individuals artistic and musical talents! The arts are a form of communication. The students may not be able to communicate through words, but they can communicate through song. Samantha is talented, kind, and genuinely cares about the people we work with every day and brings out people’s inner voice. I have seen people who are shy in nature sing solo’s while in Special Stars, opening a hidden talent inside themselves. This program is assisting people with disabilities to overcome their deficits through the power of music and dance!
Special Stars students perform the National Anthem at the Maine Red Claws game
I am a Mother of two young special needs adults. I am so thankful for Samantha’s vision to start the Special Stars Program. Samantha truly has a gift to bring out the best in each individual, beyond a parents expectations. My children always look forward to class. In class they are learning language skills, motor skills, getting physical exercise, and building confidence all while they are having fun. My children have had opportunities to perform in front of audiences through Special Stars and truly shine like a Special Star.I am so grateful that my children have this opportunity to be proud of who they are.This program has also brought awareness to the general population to see that these individuals truly are a gift. Their smiles and perseverance is a testimony to how special this program is.
Winter 2016 Studio Showcase
I really like Special Stars. It is a lot of fun and we go to fun places!
Special Stars provides a unique style of teaching in a supportive and caring environment. It gives participants the confidence and support to challenge themselves. Whether it is singing, dancing, or public speaking, all participants have a great time discovering the Special Star in themselves!
At the Yankee Homecoming Parade
A thank you note for the Special Stars staff
Amazing! Samantha engages students with a variety of music and musical tools. We look forward to seeing her every Thursday!
Joining Special Stars has greatly helped increase our individuals self-esteem and self-worth, and that comes when a person creates something beautiful, that connects with others. Special Stars offers our individuals an opportunity to share their voice and their vision. The performing arts gives them the artistic opportunity to become more adept in their skills through expression on the stage. It also helps them to re-envision their abilities and talents!
Winter 2016 Showcase, Special Stars showing off their certificates
Sea Festival of Trees
I love seeing the quieter students come out of their shells from their participation in the Special Stars program. It truly lets their personalities shine through!
Ever since my daughter started with Special Stars I have noticed improvement from coordination and balance to an increase in her socialization. Sam is a wonderful teacher! I am so thankful for her vision to create such an amazing program. Our children finally have an activity created just for them!
Alexa, a Special Stars Student, receiving her end of session certificate for her hard work!
Jared, a Special Stars student
Special Stars means a lot to me. It’s about having fun with my friends, meeting new friends, and helps me learn to dance.
Special Stars is awesome for me. I am doing what I’ve been doing for a long time and learning new songs and dances. I get to hang with my friends and put on a show! It’s exciting.
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