Buy a Brick. Rock the Walk!

Buy a Brick. Rock the Walk!

Construction of our brand new handicap accessible playground at New Horizons Academy is right around the corner. We plan on breaking ground on the project as soon as school lets out this spring. Now you can participate in a very unique way. One of the playground’s features will be a beautiful, brick paver walkway surrounding the playground with picnic tables and benches for families to enjoy.

Purchase your own “brick” and help lead the way! Your message etched into your own brick space will leave a legacy that you or your family can visit for years to come!

For a tax-deductible donation, we will personalize your limited edition section of the walkway. This program offers you the chance to honor family, friends, mentors, sports teams, clubs, organizations or businesses by purchasing a personalized brick paver. The options may be endless, but the bricks are not. Reserve yours today.

“Buy a Brick” Donor Levels

  • $50.00 – 4″ x 8″ engraved brick space with 1-3 lines of text.
  • $75.00 – 8″ x 8″ engraved brick space with 1-6 lines of text.
  • $100.00 – 12″ x 12″ engraved brick space with 1-8 lines of text.

Inscriptions will be UPPERCASE lettering and will be centered on the brick. You can have up to 20 characters per line engraved, including spaces, periods, commas, quotations, etc.

You can also customize your brick with decorative clip art and logo graphics for only $15.00 more. We can also engrave your own clip art or logo for the same price. Simply upload a black & white high resolution logo where specified when you place your order.

You may suggest placement of the graphics on our order sheet under the comments section. Sometimes however it is not possible to accommodate the suggested placement in the layout. In these cases the final design will be left up to our engravers.

Make a lasting memory while supporting the playground project and investing in student’s lives, one step at a time. Help support the students at New Horizons Academy and countless families from across Northwest Ohio that will benefit from this inclusive, handicap accessible playground.

If you would like additional information or need help placing your order, please call or email Matt Rychener at 419-335-7272 ext. 1001.

Summer Camp 2014 Update

Summer Camp 2014 Update

It is so hard to believe that July is nearly over. This has been an exciting month here at Sara’s Garden!

The 2014 summer camp got off to an exciting start on July 7th. A total of 38 students from 9 states across the country arrived with their parents in anticipation of many positive gains. The children were able to participate in one of three programs or a combination of the three programs. Families are offered Autism Interventions, Sensory Integration, and Conductive Education services. Some families also choose to take part in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments.

This amounts to a long, full day for these little warriors. They are working so hard!

The children have faced new challenges and high expectations. Along with new challenges and high expectations come struggles for these children. Needless to say, the first few days were difficult for them, but by the end of the first week we were already seeing significant changes and gains. The children began to trust the teachers, aides, and conductors and appeared to realize that these people really will help them to reach their independent potential.

Thus, we have children who are taking steps for the first time, increasing head control or sitting independently. One child walked with a walker by herself for the first time in her life. Another student took 50 steps without support from anyone. There has been less stemming, better focus, and the ability of some students to control negative behaviors.

Another significant component of this year’s camp has been the positive relationship building which is taking place between students. Friendships are being established which is huge for our students and parents. Without a doubt, the first half of summer camp has been so uplifting for all of us.

We can’t wait to see what the children are able to accomplish by the end of camp on August 1st.

Come Enjoy a Day at the Ballpark

Come Enjoy a Day at the Ballpark

Carrie Dobaczewski is heading up a fundraising effort for Sara’s Garden in conjunction with the Toledo Mud Hens. The purpose of this work is to raise money for a scholarship fund that will help support families struggling to raise money to be able to afford HBOT treatments for their loved ones.

The premise is this… we have been assigned 15 dates over the course of the upcoming baseball season where we will have the opportunity of sending a team to 5/3 Field to work in one of their concession stands. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments from our stand will then be donated to Sara’s Garden.

This should be a fun time to get together working a concession stand at the ballpark. It is also be a great outreach opportunity for church youth groups or Sunday school classes to get together working for a great cause. You’ll get to learn more about the services we offer and the amazing families we serve in the process.

Dates for Mud Hens games are below. Teams of 12 to 14 people per game are needed to staff the concession stand. If you would like to work a game or two please contact Carrie at

  • Sunday April 6th – Arrive @ 12:00 pm
  • Thursday April 17th – Arrive @ 4:30 pm
  • Sunday April 27th – Arrive @ 12:00 pm
  • Saturday May 10th – Arrive @ 5:00 pm
  • Friday May 16th – Arrive @ 5:00 pm
  • Thursday May 29th – Arrive @ 4:30 pm
  • Sunday June 1st – Arrive @ 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday June 17th – Arrive @ 5:00 pm
  • Thursday June 19th – Arrive @ 10:00 am
  • Saturday July 12th – Arrive @ 4:30 pm
  • Friday July 18th – Arrive @ 4:30 pm
  • Thursday July 31st – Arrive @ 5:00 pm
  • Friday August 1st – Arrive @ 4:30 pm
  • Sunday August 10th – Arrive @ 3:30 pm
  • Sunday August 17th – Arrive @ 3:30 pm

Thank you in advance for being a part of this project.

For more information on the fundraising program offered by the Toledo Mud Hens, click HERE.

Help us Create a Playground for All Abilities!

Help us Create a Playground for All Abilities!

Disabilities challenge how affected individuals and their families go to school, go to work, and even spend time at a playground.

Do you remember what recess was like when you were in school? For most kids, it is their favorite time of the day. Unfortunately, many students do not have the opportunity to experience recess the way their peers do. Have you ever noticed how many playground surfaces are covered with mulch, pebbles or even sand? Can a child in a wheelchair move across that space? Even most playgrounds that have handicap friendly surfaces have little to no equipment that a child in a wheelchair can access.

Play is an essential component in the lives of children. Play directly affects our physical, mental, emotional, and social well being. Through play, we are able to define who we are and who we want to be. We are able to improve our physical fitness, build skills, work on problem solving, practice communication, set goals, share expectations, understand roles, and develop friendships.

Just because a child has a disability, does not mean their need for play is lessened. While play promotes self-awareness, inclusion promotes community-awareness by involving both children with and without disabilities.

Through inclusion we are able to develop greater understanding of one another, our similarities, our differences, our likes, our dislikes. We are able to develop a sense of value for each individual as we grow the skills and attitudes needed to live in a culturally diverse, enriched community. Inclusive play facilitates a non-threatening environment that enables us to develop, grow and learn from one another at various paces. While one child may not be able to climb or swing as high as another, an inclusive, accessible play area will still enable both children to communicate and learn about one another and from one another. The point where the play area stops being accessible, is also the point where their ability to continue learning from one another stops. This also becomes the point where misperceptions have greater ability to grow.

Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy is looking to raise funds to create an inclusive playground for everyone… one that addresses the needs of typically developing children as well as children with neurological, intellectual and physical disabilities. Our goal is to design and create an inclusive playground that accommodates all children and challenges each of them at their own developmental levels.

There is a huge difference between a playground that is simply ADA compliant and one that is truly inclusive. Just because the equipment on a playground may be considered ADA compliant doesn’t necessarily enable a child with a disability to actually use or interact with any of it.

A truly inclusive playground goes far beyond ADA compliance in that it is designed to encourage children of all abilities to play with one another. It is a playground that has better surfacing, enabling a child using a wheelchair to maneuver through the playground easier. It is a playground that has activities to challenge children and is rich in sensory activities, social experiences and physical play. Most importantly, it is a playground that enables a child using a wheelchair to experience movement, play and independence along with their typically developing peers.

If you are interested in learning more about this project or would like to help us make this dream become a reality please feel free to contact Matt Rychener at 419.335.7272 or via email at

Sara’s Garden Chosen For 2011 “Making A Difference Awards”!

Sara’s Garden Chosen For 2011 “Making A Difference Awards”!

We’re excited to announce that the Northwest State Community College Foundation has chosen us as one of its recipients of the 2011 Making a Difference Awards!

The Making a Difference Awards are presented annually to those who have displayed an ongoing dedication and commitment towards contributing to bettering the quality of life in the communities around Northwest Ohio.

The 2011 recipients to be recognized:

  • Individual: Dean Spangler
  • Business: Farmers & Merchants State Bank
  • Organization: Sara’s Garden

It’s a true honor for us to be mentioned along with such great individuals and businesses.