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2015 ended with a milestone event for CORSE as we celebrated our 10th Annual Gala! CORSE started with a vision of 2 people, Marynell Henry and Tracy Johnston in January 2006, was incorporated as a non-profit on February 14, 2006 and has now grown to a board of 15 and a member constituency of over 3,000 participants (ALL volunteers, representing parents of children with special needs, parents who have all typically developing children, educators and community members) interested in supporting the Foundation’s efforts to provide the highest quality educational, social and recreational community experiences so children with special needs can participate alongside their friends and neighbors and reach their full potential.


This has been accomplished thanks to our donors and supporters.  Because of this generous community, CORSE is able to continue providing high quality programs for ALL children in the community, regardless of need.  We are a model other communities admire and recognize.   CORSE has increased understanding of the challenges friends’ and neighbors’ face raising children with special needs and brought down many barriers.  We are forever grateful and appreciative of the kindness, compassion and generosity of our donors and supporters.  


We would like to sincerely thank our 2015 donors for your incredible on-going support to CORSE.  Since 2006, we have run 331 programs with 4,330 registrations and 871 volunteer mentors investing over $775,000 back into our community through programming and resources.

Programming and highlights from CORSE over 2015 – thanks to you:

  • 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award second prize winner from the New England Patriots Foundation

  • Three successful community fundraisers (Gala, Golf Tournament and North Pole Express) raising over $70,000

  • $40,000 in additional grants and individual donations

  • Integrated social development programs

  • Integrated academic support programs

  • Integrated and specialized sports programs

  • Integrated socially-based summer camps 

  • iCan Bike returned to Scituate to teach 30 kids how to ride a two-wheeler this summer

  • Maritime Adventures specialty camp: sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and canoeing

  • Customized peer mentor and Best Buddies models; we again were filled to maximum capacity with 48 Gates and 77 High School Best Buddies participants!

  • An Elementary Best Buddies pilot began with 18 students

  • SibShops for siblings of children with special needs returned!

  • Let’s Go Community Events: movies, dining out, skiing;

  • Over $8,500 provided to families for financial and/or accessibility assistance

  • Music therapy and Yoga for the Early Childhood Center and the district’s intensive needs classrooms at Hatherly and Gates; these programs expanded to 25 weeks as well as a yoga pilot for the Early Childhood Center

  • A band consultant from South Shore Conservatory for the Gates Band

  • Technology purchases for the district

  • Professional development and curriculum for the district

  • Educational programs and resource materials for parents, including presentations by Katy Shamitz and Sarah Ward

  • HS scholarships to 11 students totaling $4,500, given not only to students who overcame challenges utilizing special education services but also to dedicated CORSE volunteers



We would like to express our gratitude and thank everyone who helped make the 8th Annual Scituate North Pole Express on Sunday, December 13th a tremendous success. With over 2,700 people attending and many of them visiting from outside of our community, they all got a taste of Scituate hospitality at its finest. What a pleasure it is to live in such a giving and generous community.  The proceeds from this event benefitted both the Scituate CORSE Foundation (Community of Resources for Special Education) and SHORE (Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education).  


Everyone did an amazing job and delighted hundreds of children, due in large part to Scituate High School student volunteers! During the course of the day, 168 students volunteered as elves, Santa helpers, Frosty, Rudolph, other winter holiday characters and platform crew!!  We greatly appreciate the SHS baseball team for set up and breakdown. 


It does take a village to pull together an event of this magnitude and we would like to thank the following individuals and/or groups for making the 2015 Scituate North Pole Express a success.  Our thanks to the multitude of volunteers from the SHORE and CORSE organizations as well as Rich Hebert, Bob McQuaid and Jean DiGiacomondrea who bring so much joy to the children.  We are very grateful to our generous Sponsors: Stop and Shop, Owl’s Crossing Preschool, Whole Foods Market, Riva Restaurant, Russell D. Field & Son, Anne Lambert Allen and our Contributors: Atlantic Bagel, Blue Moon Pizza, CP’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Fruit Center, Hannaford, Maria’s Pizza and Subs, Mill Wharf Restaurant, Morning Glories, Roche Brothers, Shaw’s, Trader Joe’s and Village Market.  We had incredible train captains who supervised each train level: April Tripp, Christine Benoit, Cli McCarry, Dori Read, Kelly Arevian, Kim O’Reilly, Melissa McDonald, Paige Tobin, Shannon Quinn, Susan Clougherty, Susan McCune, Amy Preuss, Amy Rojik, Chris Longman, Tammy Durante, Judi Johnson, Judith Bucher, Michelle Varnum, Karen Connelly, Laurie Clark, Melissa Boynton, and Ryan Potts.   A special acknowledgment to Robert Wargo, SHS principal, for helping to set up and Jeanne Mullen in the SHS Guidance Office for helping to coordinate the community service hours.  Finally, a HUGE thanks to Jody Gallery from the MBTA, Laurie Withrow, Polly O’Brien, Rick English and Michael Scott for helping us with our coordination for the day and the Scituate Mariner for helping get the word out!


We cannot tell you how many glowing comments we received from parents, grandparents and the young children themselves who attended.

Thank you all for your generosity of time and talent,

Scituate North Pole Express Chairs

Tracy Johnston, Marybeth Fassnacht CORSE

Alice Montgomery, Colleen Bonner SHORE


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).


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!



Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament "Hit the Course for C.O.R.S.E." took place at the 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.





Click here to view a video shown at our 2015 Gala celebrating our 10th Anniversary.


Click here to view video testimonials shown at our 10th anniversary Gala.


Click here  to view video of the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program.




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

Gala Attendees

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


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

Gala Attendees

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