GiGi’s Playhouse uses grant to implement math programs

GiGi’s Playhouse is in north Scottsdale at 9160 E. Shea Blvd., suite 103B. (submitted photo)

GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix/Scottsdale, a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down Syndrome, their families, and the community is now providing a free math tutoring program thanks to a $10,000 grant from the APS Foundation.

The pioneering math program will utilize TouchMath, a proven special education curriculum that engages learners to use sensory processing to better understand math concepts ranging from arithmetic to counting money, according to a press release.

“We are thrilled to receive this STEM-focused grant and grateful to the APS Foundation as GiGi’s Playhouse can now offer a one-on-one math tutoring program that will complement our literacy tract where we are seeing incredible results,” said Gigi’s Playhouse PHX Founder/President Emeritus Jennifer Gage in a prepared statement. “Receiving these generous funds is an enormous boost to our organization and shows that the APS Foundation understands our mission allowing us to together to help our community grow.”

The eight-week math sessions began on Sept. 10 and runs until Nov. 8, led by 25 volunteer tutors. Students from pre-school age through adulthood will learn about number recognition, addition, subtraction, multiple numbers and handling money.

While every student learns at their own pace, several participants are growing several grade levels in the literacy program and similar results are expected in the math program, as well, the press release stated.

Demand is very high for the new math program with a current waiting list. Another session is scheduled to begin in January 2018. Additional tutoring rooms, classroom and a kitchen are expected to open in early 2018 to accommodate the growing needs.

GiGi’s Playhouse is in north Scottsdale at 9160 E. Shea Blvd., suite 103B.

GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix/Scottsdale is always seeking volunteers to deliver the curriculum to more students. People interested in helping are urged to contact The Playhouse at 480-451-7529.

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