Creative in the Community

Last month was a busy month for community involvement.We thought we’d let you know a few ways we’ve been helping out while out and about!

Mark Mattson

First Impressions Count Mark Mattson continues to be part of the leadership resources planning committee that grew out of the #ProudlyDeKalb initiative. Mark helped design and implement the First Impressions Count program, which helps high school students practice the “essential” skills necessary for job interviews and other networking opportunities. Currently, DeKalb High School’s Economic Ed classes incorporate this program over a couple days each semester. Classes convene in the school’s Media Center, where students meet with a variety of community participants in a “speed-networking”-style structure, introducing themselves, talking about their interests, abilities, and future plans while interacting with adults from a wide range of  professions. Discussions are underway to also implement a more basic form of this program at the middle school level, introducing kids to the concept early to allow them to hone their skills as they progress into high school and after.

Bowl for Kids Sake Creative Therapeutics has been proud to support the Family Service Agency over the years, and Bowl for Kids Sake is a great chance to raise money for their Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Lynn, Jessica, Sam and Mark met at the Mardi Gras Lanes, donned the funny shoes and rolled hard. Lynn scored the highest, with Sam and Jessica close behind. Mark started strong but lost steam in the final stretch, graciously allowing the other three to beat his final score.

Lynn Batalden, physical therapist, physical therapy, dekalb, IL

Lynn Batalden, DPT

Lifelong Learner Institute Lynn Batalden presented a brown bag lecture for the Lifelong Learning Institute at NIU, a group of approximately one hundred retired (at least over 50) members who meet for various study groups and field trips throughout the year, including this brown bag lecture series. Lynn presented a talk called “Being Your Best after 60,” discussing appropriate functional and fitness activities and wellness issues from a physical therapist’s perspective.

Bookcase Project Literacy Banquet Once again Mark emceed this banquet which raises money to purchase materials and books. Local craftspeople build beautiful oak bookshelves that are awarded to around 45 young children (ages 3-6) in the Two Rivers Head Start program. At a special ceremony in May, each child receives a bookcase stocked with books and a personalized brass nameplate. Turnout was great, so the project will be funded for another year!


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