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Rally4Recovery 2017: ALA style!

Posted: Mon, October 30, 2017
By Michael Esposito LMHC, LCDP, Clinical Recovery Supervisor, Anchor Learning Academy

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always associated the month of September and the fall season as the start to the New Year. It was never January. September was when the summer sunsets faded and the cool, crisp air of autumn awoke you from your drowsy summer slumber. It was also a time for new beginnings: new beginnings in school, new friends, new teachers and classes. September always symbolized a fresh start. That may be why it’s also National Recovery Month! And at the Anchor Learning Academy (ALA), September has meant a new beginning and a time to shake the sand from your shoes and begin anew!

ALA had their very first table at Providence’s Annual Rally4Recovery on Saturday September 16th in Roger Williams Memorial Park! After feeling alienated for years of their adolescence, it was a chance for the students to feel a part of the greater recovery community! We gave out temporary tattoos to the little kids, helped with the photo booth, and made ALA Tie-Dyed T-shirts to give out! We saw some live music, saw our friend and recovery coach Abby Stenberg win the “Recovery in Action” award, and visited the more than 90 different provider booths at the Rally. There was also a giant inflatable obstacle course for the youngest attendants, which our students were just a little too big to use, though they tried nonetheless!

The Rally was also a great chance for our staff to see our students engaging in a healthy community event. Chris Mahon, education coordinator, Yashimet Robinson, teacher’s assistant, and John Cipollini, math teacher, all attended the event with their families. It was literally a family affair! Overall, the Rally4Recovery was a success, and we couldn’t be more proud of the students’ commitment to recovery and learning! Rally On!