The Definition of a Winner!

The Definition of a Winner!

These days Christopher Schaub is wearing many hats. He is a 2018 New Horizons Academy (NHA) graduate, Northwest State Community College (NSCC) student, Presidential Scholar, as well as a NHA mentor and role model.

It wasn’t that long ago that Christopher Schaub was a student at New Horizons Academy. He started at NHA as a high schooler in 2014 and excelled throughout his four years. Christopher qualified for College Credit Plus (CCP) classes, earned dual high school-college credit, completed 12 college credits while still in high school, and made both the Dean’s List and Honor Roll through Northwest State Community College.

From his first year’s NHA report card, Intervention Specialist Patrick Nightingale stated, “Christopher has grown more during his sophomore year in high school than any student that I have had the privilege to work with… He has become a stronger, smarter, and more creative asset to any classroom. Christopher has a bright future ahead of him and it was an honor to work with him.”

His maturity and academic strengths continued to blossom and grow during his four years at NHA. While he was here, Christopher had lunch almost daily with the middle schoolers and served as a role model and friend for them. Having received a full-ride Presidential Scholarship with a Legacy Scholarship to Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Christopher has chosen to continue giving back to our middle school and high school students.

This school year, Christopher has volunteered just about every Friday at NHA, having lunch with the middle schoolers, supporting the high schoolers, pitching in wherever he is needed, and even “boogieing” down at the last Spring Dance. Christopher truly cares about the students at New Horizons Academy.

As intervention specialist Jessie Wolfrum put it, “I thought I knew what it was like to be proud of a student, but Christopher took that to a new level! He has set the bar high with his consistent hard work and determination to be successful regardless of the obstacles placed in his path. In my eyes, he is the definition of WINNER!”

And we hope that Christopher keeps winning and succeeding! He has had an absolutely awesome first year of college, taking a wide variety of classes and learning so much. We are so proud that Christopher was and still IS a part of New Horizons Academy! He is a testament to the hope and success that we hope all autistic children can find in their own way here at New Horizons Academy and Sara’s Garden.

If you are looking for a caring school environment or a place where your special needs student can grow, thrive, and become as independent as he or she possibly can, then please consider calling Sara’s Garden at 419-335-7272 and setting up a tour of New Horizons Academy, our special needs school which serves students from nine counties and 20 different school systems.

2019 Drive Fore Hope Reminder

2019 Drive Fore Hope Reminder

Don’t forget! The 2019 “Drive Fore Hope” Charity Golf Scramble is right around the corner. Do you have your team signed up yet? We have put together a fun-filled day at Ironwood Golf Course in Wauseon, Ohio and hope to see you there!

Event Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Event Location: Ironwood Golf Course, Wauseon, Ohio
Event Format: 4-Player Team Scramble
Event Cost: $75 per Player ($300 per Team)

All proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchase of therapy equipment for our clients and students at Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy. Sara’s Garden is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the only facility in the United States to offer Autism Intervention, Conductive Education, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration and Speech-Language Pathology services.

Registration Includes:

  • Scramble format (4-player teams)
  • Green and cart fees
  • Range balls
  • Goodie bag
  • Contests and prizes
  • Awards for top teams
  • Lunch Buffet
Schedule of Events
7:00 a.m.
Range Open
8:00 a.m.
Shotgun Scramble
1:00 p.m.
Lunch Buffet
2:00 p.m.

Partnership Opportunities

Platinum Title Partner – $1,500

  • Includes one foursome, event promotion, platinum title partner signage and program recognition.
  • This level of sponsorship will provide 15 hours of HBOT treatments or up to 43 hours of intervention services.

Gold Event Partner – $900

  • Includes one foursome, gold event partner activity signage and program recognition.
  • This level of sponsorship will provide 9 hours of HBOT treatments or up to 25 hours of intervention services.

Silver Contest Partner – $500

  • Includes one foursome, silver contest partner signage and program recognition.
  • This level of sponsorship will provide 5 hours of HBOT treatments or up to 14 hours of intervention services.

Bronze Meal Partner – $350

  • Includes bronze meal partner signage and program recognition.
  • This level of sponsorship will provide 3.5 hours of HBOT treatments or up to 10 hours of intervention services.

O2 Tee Partner – $100

  • Includes O2 tee partner signage and program recognition.
  • This level of sponsorship will provide 1 hour of HBOT treatments or up to 3 hours of intervention services.

For additional information regarding partnership opportunities or team registration for the Sara’s Garden “Drive Fore Hope” Charity Golf Scramble please contact Tara at 419.335.SARA or via email at

Please join us for a great day of golf filled with fun, great food, auction items, skill contests and fabulous prizes. Take a day off work for a great cause and meet some of the amazing people you are golfing to help!

Designer Purse Reverse 2019 Reminder

Designer Purse Reverse 2019 Reminder

Ladies, don’t forget… Designer Purse Reverse is fast approaching! Get your tickets before they’re gone. This event is sure to be a fun-filled Girl’s Night Out with all your friends.

This is your chance to win beautiful handbags from the designers you love: Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren and Dooney & Bourke. Over 30 amazing designer handbags are available to win throughout the night!

We have a great night planned again this year… more purses, more games, more surprises, more chances to win and more fun!

Event Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Event Location: Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio
Event Time: Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Event Cost: $40 – Individual ticket
$320 – Reserved table of 8
  • Two (2) drink tickets good for water, lemonade and/or soft drinks
  • Beer, wine and mixed drinks
  • Appetizers and snacks
  • Raffles and door prizes
  • 50/50 drawings
  • Wine pull

Sponsorship Opportunities

Title Sponsor – $1,000

  • Includes event sponsor signage and program recognition.
  • Includes one (1) reserved table for eight (8) attendees.
  • A chance at an exclusive purse for table members only.

Event Sponsor – $500

  • Includes event sponsor signage and program recognition.
  • Includes one (1) reserved table for eight (8) attendees.

Purse Sponsor – $250

  • Includes purse sponsor signage and program recognition.

Beverage Sponsor – $100

  • Includes beverage sponsor signage and program recognition.

All proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchase of therapy equipment for our clients and students at Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy. Sara’s Garden is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the only facility in the United States to offer Autism Intervention, Conductive Education, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration and Speech-Language Pathology services.

For more information regarding event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jackie at 419.335.SARA or via email at

Sara’s Garden is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the only facility in the United States to offer Autism Intervention, Conductive Education, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration and Speech-Language Pathology services.

QuarterMania 2019

QuarterMania 2019

Clear space on your calendar! QuarterMania 2019 is just around the corner.

On Thursday, July 18, Sara’s Garden will be hosting its fifth annual QuarterMania FUNdraiser. Proceeds from this full-filled event will benefit our school for children with special needs, New Horizons Academy. New Horizons Academy at Sara’s Garden provides innovative educational, intervention and therapy services to over 100 children from over 20 school districts across Northwest Ohio. There will be many area vendors to shop from. The event will feature auctions, raffles, and 50/50 drawings.

Event Date: Thursday, July 18
Event Location: The Hope Center at Sara’s Garden, Wauseon, Ohio
Event Time: Doors open at 5:00, Auction starts at 6:30
Paddles: $3 each or two for $5

What is a QuarterMania?

If you are like us when we first heard of this, you are probably wondering, “What in the world is a QuarterMania event?”

A QuarterMania is a cross between an auction and a raffle where people ‘bid’ to win a product/prize of goods donated from local businesses and various home businesses participating in the event. Bids on these new items range from 1 to 4 quarters. There are usually between 40 and 60 items to auction during a QuarterMania.

When you arrive

When you arrive at the event, you will register and pick out a paddle (or several) with a number on each that is used for your individual bidding on the items you want to try to win. Paddles are $3 each or two for $5. All proceeds from paddle sales are donated directly to Sara’s Garden. 50/50 tickets are also available at this time.

How the auction works

The auctioneer begins by holding up a product and telling a little bit about the highlights and then tells everyone how much the item is going for – between 1 and 4 quarters. If you would like to bid on that item, you put the corresponding number of quarters in the collection pot then hold up your paddle(s) and wait for your number to be called.

Once all the bids are in – the auctioneer randomly selects a number. If your lucky paddle number is called and you have placed a bid , you WIN that item! Now, if you didn’t bid – you just say “no bid” and the auctioneer will re-shuffle the numbers and continue calling a number until someone who has placed a bid and is holding their paddle up wins.

It’s that simple, and it’s a load of fun!

That’s not all!

In addition to the biddings, there are 50/50 tickets and other raffle drawings going on throughout the evening. Tickets for raffle items will be $1 each or six for $5. Also, the participating businesses have a lots of specials as well as cash & carry items at their tables. Please stop by and support these individuals as these events would not be possible without them.

Food, desserts, and beverages will be available for a free will donation.

So… if you are ready for a fun-filled evening for a GREAT CAUSE, grab your QUARTERS and SOME FRIENDS and be there!

For more information on this event either as a participant or as a vendor, please visit the Facebook event page or contact Tina Whalen via email or phone at (419) 345-5302.

2019 Summer Intervention Programs

2019 Summer Intervention Programs

As summer approaches we want to invite you to consider the summer intervention program opportunities for your student. These summer programs help with structure and retention of skills between school years.

June Program

  • The June program runs from June 3 – 28.
    • The Autism Intervention program runs from 8:00-11:00.
    • The Conductive Education program runs from 8:00-12:00.
  • With either the Autism or CE interventions, you can choose either a 2 day (Tues/Thurs), 3 day (Mon/Wed/Fri) or 5 day program.

July Program

  • The July program runs from July 8 – August 2.
    • The “Early Childhood” Conductive Education program runs from 8:00-10:00.
    • The “Young Walkers” Conductive Education program runs from 10:30-12:00.
  • Both July CE programs run 3 day a week (Mon/Wed/Fri).

Our group-based summer interventions schedule delivers inclusive programs that provide opportunities and interventions for individuals with a variety of conditions and disabilities. We serve clients with (but not limited to): ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), CDKL5, Cerebral Palsy (CP), Down Syndrome, Near Drowning, Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), Spina Bifida and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our caring and experienced staff of licensed therapists, conductors, and paraprofessionals create intensive therapy-based programs designed to enhance your child’s developmental skills. This approach not only helps your child to work towards increased independence, it also keeps the regression of skills that typically occurs over the summer months at bay.

Our programs provide education, fun, intervention, and socialization, in a safe, accepting and understanding environment while creating new opportunities for development for individuals with disabilities.

These month-long programs are designed to expand each child’s fine motor, gross motor and/or communication skills. As well as improving behaviors, increasing eye contact, socialization, self-care and/or emotional skills. Based on the needs of the child, time may be spent on ABA programs, academics, relationship building, conductive education, sensory activities, special activities of swimming, music, arts and crafts, outdoor projects and physical activities. This group-based program is designed for children ages 3 through 18.

We openly welcome any interested families regardless of diagnosis, or the absence of a diagnosis. If you have questions or would like any additional information regarding our summer camp program, please please call us as soon as possible at 419-335-7272 and speak with Matt Rychener or Ronda Rupp. Be sure to ask us about our sponsorship fundraising program! Registrations are due by May 20th.

Our staff would love to work with your student this June!

2019 SPECIALized Summer Sports Program

2019 SPECIALized Summer Sports Program

Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports, the joy of teamwork, the achievement of hitting a ball, making a goal, or crossing the finish line. Whether part of a team sport or enjoying an athletic activity geared for individuals, all children can benefit from the camaraderie, self-esteem, sense of belonging and accomplishment that comes from playing sports. This includes children with special needs.

Last year, we partnered with the Defiance Area YMCA to develop a sports-based summer programs for kids ages 9-18 called: SPECIALized Sports ~ Fun for all disABILITIES. This summer, the weekly sports schedule will be as follows:

  • Kickball: Wednesday, June 5th
  • Basketball: Wednesday, June 12th
  • T-Ball: Wednesday, June 19th
  • Soccer: Wednesday, June 26th
Click HERE to download a copy of the registration form and waiver.

The kids (and volunteers) had a great time last summer learning, practicing and playing the various sports each week. Click on the videos below to watch highlights from last year’s SPECIALized Summer Sports Program.

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Many times, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence can plague children with disabilities. These week-long sports camps will utilize games such as basketball, soccer, and baseball to help enhance and strengthen their self-confidence, gross motor skills, social and communication abilities, as well as improve their emotional health and well-being. Being part of a team can help kids bond and develop friendships outside of sports.

Gross Motor Skills The ability to perform controlled movements that require large muscles is known as gross motor skills. Movements that involve using the large muscles include walking, running, crawling or jumping. Often, children with special needs lack the ability to perform physical movements properly. When disabled children participate in regular physical activity, it enhances their motor skills by increasing their strength, coordination, flexibility and balance.

Communicating and Socializing Disabled children frequently miss out on social activities, impeding their ability to better their communication skills. Participation in extracurricular activities can overcome this obstacle, providing them with the ability to engage in social interactions, develop friendships and initiate social skills.

Self-Esteem and Academics Children who suffer with disabilities often struggle with a lack of self-esteem. They frequently will compare themselves with their able-bodied peers, giving them a decreased sense of self-worth. Recreational participation promotes their self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth, as well as their body awareness. Many children will also show improvements in their academics. The confidence that is gained from the ability to attain success in sports will make them feel like they are capable of achieving almost anything.

Emotional Benefits There are some major issues that many disabled youth will at some point experience. Having disabled children take part in a recreational activity can aid in preventing different emotional conditions, including negative behaviors, depression, trouble adjusting to certain situations, stress and anxiety. Providing them with a certain amount of activity can assist their bodies and help them to function optimally.

We are very excited about what these summer sports programs have to offer and can’t wait to start. You won’t want to miss it!

2019 NHA Graduation

2019 NHA Graduation

New Horizons Academy would like to invite you to its High School Graduation Ceremony for the class of 2019!

Commencement Exercises:
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
New Horizons Academy
220 Lawrence Avenue
Wauseon, OH 43567

Please RSVP by May 10th to Katie Helberg at or 419-335-7272 ext. 220 so we can plan the appropriate seating for the number who will be attending.