C.O.R.S.E Foundation
Scituate Community Of Resources for Special Education - C. O. R. S. E.
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Child at Scituate Lighthouse

Award Winning Foundation!

  • 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award
  • 2014 primary speaker at the first Flutie Foundation Partner Summit
  • 2011 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association Program Outreach Award
  • Co-Founders named 2009 Scituate Citizens of the Year
  • 2008 Massachusetts Community Partnership Award from the Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in February of 2006 by a group of dedicated parents and educators to raise funds to provide the highest quality educational, social and recreational community experiences so children with special needs, ages 3-22, can reach their full potential. Through fundraising activities, the Foundation is able to allocate funds for a wide range of supplemental resources that will benefit children, parents and educators within our community.


To Make a Donation:

Please click here for information about making a monetary or stock donation to help CORSE provide needed support to children with special needs.


Links to Photos/Videos/Presentations:

Video: Community Reflections on the Impact of CORSE

CORSE Photos  (Shutterfly website)


      Pictures of CORSE Programming

2015 Gala:  10th Anniversary Music Video

2015 Gala:  Testimonials

CORSE Kids on Wahlburgers TV Show

Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

Additional Footage of CORSE Kids at Wahlburgers

2014 Gala Music Video-Tribute to All Stars Coach Mike

CORSE Overview Presentation (revised July 2015)

Very Special Entertainment from 2013 Gala

2013 Gala Photo Slideshow

2012 Golf Tournament Music Video

2011 Gala Music Video

2011 Golf Tournament Music Video

2010 Maritime Adventures Music Video


To read testimonials from parents, guardians, peer mentors and volunteers: click here


To Make an Online Payment:

To make an online payment to CORSE, please enter your invoice or statement number below and click the 'pay now' button below.  Please put the amount you are paying in the 'Item Price' box (which reads $0) and click update.  That updated amount will be charged to your credit/debit card or PayPal account. 

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All Aboard the 8th Annual Scituate North Pole Express on Sunday December 13th

On Sunday December 13th, the 8th annual Scituate North Pole Express will be sponsored by the Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) and SHORE (Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education).  This magical event will be held at the Greenbush Commuter Rail Station with four trains departing at 9:45am, 12:30pm, 2:40pm or 4:40pm.  There is a car on the 12:30 train for families of children with special needs who would prefer a more relaxed setting.  Passengers should arrive 30 minutes prior to departure of their scheduled times.  Children and adults alike will enjoy this 60-90 minute train ride which replicates the journey to the North Pole as told in the classic story of “The Polar Express”.  Along the ride the children will be read this holiday story, be served milk and cookies, sing Christmas carols, receive the first gift of Christmas and be greeted by holiday characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets for this event are $25 plus a $1 mandatory MBTA parking fee per ticket to cover your parking; children 1 year of age and under ride free on the lap of an adult. Proceeds from this event go to these two worthy non-profits, CORSE and SHORE.  Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased by clicking here:  http://scituatenorthpoleexpress.com.  

This is also a great opportunity for adults and students to volunteer and spread their Holiday spirit, whether it be train captains, elves, platform crew helpers, donating water, everyone has a chance to help in some way.  HS students get community service hours.  To volunteer, click here: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/48597468008 




                    (L to R) CORSE President Tracy Johnston, State Representative Jim Cantwell
                                          and 2015 Compass Award Winner Mariah Avallone

Thank You for Another Fabulous CORSE Foundation Gala!

Once again, our community came out to support the Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) at our10th Annual Gala on October 17th.  We were once again overwhelmed by our heart-warming and generous guests, the unbelievable auction items and many touching moments.  We hope everyone had a wonderful evening!  

CORSE would like to acknowledge all those individuals and businesses that donated to and participated in the event’s success. None of this would be possible without our Gala Committee (Anne Lambert Allen, Mariah Avallone, Cassi Belmarsh, Melissa Burrill, Kathleen Cozzi, Suzanne Erwin, Judi Johnson, Tracy Johnston, Janet McDonough, Julie McLaughlin, Jennifer Novak, Melissa O’Brien, Jennifer O’Neill, Gwen Rodgers, Carolyn Timmons), Scituate Country Club, Mariah Avallone (our COMPASS Award winner, SCTV and Susan Dillman (Video Presentation).


Registration for Academic Year 2015-16
Scituate Public Schools Academic and Social Programs

Single Academic Year Cycle: November – March with extended December Holiday break

CORSE programs are open to ALL Scituate Public School students, unless designated, and are staffed appropriately so that children with special needs can successfully participate in them.

Circle of Friends (PreK)
Elementary Best Buddies (Ages 6-10)
Science & Technology Explorers (Grades 3-6)
PLC/ILC Social Explorers (Grades K-6)
SibShops (Ages 8-15)

Registration deadline is October 16th. There is a $25 late registration fee for any forms received after October 16th. Financial Assistance Available

For more information regarding courses offered and how to register please go to:

Programs and Registration

Fall Program Registration

All Stars Nautical Mile Open to ALL Towns

Our Very Popular program with Brian Stewart is back for the Fall, designed for ALL abilities to help improve your fitness level. Sundays: Starts September 27, 6 weeks 3-4:00 pm

All Stars Jiu Jitsu Open to ALL Towns

Our program has expanded into Jiu Jitsu, which is a more encompassing martial arts program than karate.

Starts Friday, October 16, 8 weeks 5:30-6:30pm

Healthtrax Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs Open to ALL towns

Saturday Mornings

Click here for more information on these three programs and to register

For 2015, these programs have been generously supported by grant funding received from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Grace E. Brooks Trust, Evan Henry Foundation, Scituate Rotary Club, Build A Bear Workshop, South Shore Playhouse Associates and Kate's Voice as well as our community fundraising supporters.

              Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots and Pro
                         Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett congratulate Tracy Johnston

CORSE Recipient of 2015 New England Patriots Myra Kraft Community MVP Award!

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards places a spotlight on those who give their time to help others and exemplify leadership, dedication and commitment to their communities through volunteerism.  Thanks to a nomination from Mariah Avallone, Tracy Johnston received this esteemed award for her work with CORSE, and the CORSE Foundation received a grant of $10,000!

Thank  you to our special community of parents, educators and supporters who helped make this happen.  Special recognition to all CORSE Board Members, past and present, who have given so many volunteer hours to create a foundation that has provided such a valuable impact for ALL our community's children!


Thanks once again to our generous community!

Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament "Hit the Course for C.O.R.S.E." took place at at Scituate Country Club on June 19, 2015. We would like to thank all those individuals and businesses that donated to and participated in the success of the Golf Tournament, especially the following donors:

Event Sponsor  Joe and Deb Annese

Dinner Sponsor – LaVangie Electric 

Lunch Sponsor – Donald & Laura O'Keefe, in memory of Kay O'Keefe

Closest to Pin Sponsor -Harvey and Susan Gates

Longest Drive Sponsor – Hamel, Marcin, Dunn, Reardon & Shea, P.C., Bob
     and Eileen Hamel

We are very grateful to all who contributed; we will continue to use these funds to provide valuable programming and resources to our community’s children, parents and educators.


Thank you to our donors!

2014 was another wonderful year for CORSE thanks to ALL of our phenomenal donors. Because of our generous community, we continue to provide integrated academic, social and recreational programs that are accessible for all of our community's kids to participate! 

As 2014 has come to a close, we would like to sincerely thank you for your incredible on-going support to the CORSE foundation.  Since 2006, we have run over 300 programs (301!) with 3,766 registrations and 736 program volunteers putting $625,000 back into our community through programming and resources.

Programming and highlights from CORSE during 2014 – thanks to you:

  • 1 of 3 invited guest speakers for the first annual Doug Flutie Jr. Partner Summit to discuss CORSE programming
  • CORSE kids appeared on Wahlburgers TV show!
  • Integrated social development programs
  • Integrated academic support programs
  • Integrated sports programs: basketball, karate, running
  • Specialized sports programs: swimming, tennis and gymnastics
  • Integrated socially-based summer camps for youth, tweens and teens
  • Maritime Adventures specialty camp with AccesSport America: sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and canoeing
  • Customized peer mentor and Best Buddies models; we hit record high participation with 52 Gates and 71 High School Best Buddies participants!
  • Let’s Go Community Events: movies, skating, dining out, skiing
  • SibShops for siblings of children with special needs 
  • Over $10,000 provided to families for financial and/or accessibility assistance 
  • Music therapy and Yoga for the district’s intensive needs classrooms and a Gates Band consultant  
  • HS scholarships to 15 students, given not only to students who overcame challenges utilizing special education services but also to dedicated CORSE volunteers
  • Professional development, curriculum and equipment for the district 
  • Educational programs and resource materials for parents

For a listing of donors, click here.

To Make a Donation:

Help provide needed support to children with special needs in our community through a contribution to our Foundation.  For more information, please click here.


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