We’ve Got Talent! Special Needs Students Perform at Harbor School Talent Show

Posted on June 5, 2019 By

The staff at Harbor School, Eatontown, recently gave 40 students with special needs and disabilities an opportunity to showcase their unique abilities in a two-and-half-hour school-wide talent show attended by students, parents, and staff.

Students of all ages at the Harbor School, one of three RKS Associates private special education schools approved by the N.J. Department of Education, decided which talent they wanted to share with their peers, staff, and Harbor families. Then they worked with dance teacher Santhe Bielk and music teacher Amanda Latham to practice for the show.

Besides singing and dancing, students did stand-up comedy, played acoustic guitar and piano, and performed in a drama skit.

 Since students asked Karin DeMarco, Occupational Therapist, and Sarah McNulty, Speech Therapist, to help them with a talent show several years ago, they have been coordinating this annual event and encouraging students to sign up and showcase their abilities. Students prepared for three months.

Erik Glazner, supervisor of instruction of RKS Associates, said, “There was a huge turnout to the show. Many families came to support their son or daughter as well as all the students.”

The Alpha, Harbor, and Gateway schools each offer a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training. 

For more information or for school enrollment questions, Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.              

About RKS Associates and the Gateway School: RKS Associates, made up of The Harbor School, Eatontown; Alpha School, Jackson; and the Gateway School, Carteret, provides a twelve-month program of education, and therapeutic and behavioral support for children from many New Jersey counties and more than 70 school districts who have challenges, such as being multiple disabled; cognitively impaired; and have autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury; behavioral disorders, or other health impairments, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400) https://thegatewayschool.com/; Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) https://alphaschool.com/ ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394) https://harborschool.com/