Variety of the Delaware Valley

Katie Spencer was born with Down Syndrome. She was just like any other girl, but as she grew up, she found it hard to develop social skills. She was in school and her homeroom had about 20 other children, but she had trouble finding ways to fit in with her classmates. She had no friends and was never invited to a birthday party. Finding Variety changed all of that.

Once Katie began attending the camp, she immediately became a different person. Her family watched as her confidence skyrocketed and she was becoming more independent in general. She met new friends, she was going to sleepovers, and got invited to many birthday parties. Variety allowed her to enjoy her favorite hobbies and try new things with new people. For example, Katie loves to play basketball, softball, and floor hockey with all of her Variety friends, but she discovered a passion for baking through Variety’s vocational program. In this program students rotate through different vocational areas learning new skills such as woodworking, gardening, and baking. During Katie’s cooking rotation, she learned how to operate in a commercial kitchen. Today, Katie runs a baking business where she makes pies, cakes, and all kinds of breads for her customers.

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Our tent’s mission is to build independence and self-confidence in children with disabilities. Katie’s story is a perfect example of what we aim to accomplish when a child enrolls in any of our programs. She is one of the many success stories we have seen at Variety and we are proud to be a part of her journey.

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