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MAY 2017

We are taking nominations for all board positions!!

We would love to expand the board. If this is something that you would be interested in, please let us know as soon as possible.
The election will be held on May 18th before the workshop.

We are looking for your ideas for making donations from the funds that we raised. Please email us!! 

Franklin SEPAC invites you to join us on 

Thursday, May 18th at 7 PM
for the following workshop:

Mindfulness and Nutrition
 Presented by:
Ms. Christene Gerardi and Ms. Janice Houlihan
Join us for our final workshop of the year! We will be hearing from two wonderful presenters about ways to help your children both in school and out by focusing on two topics: Mindfulness and Nutrition.  Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way non-judgmentally.  Research is showing us that a daily mindfulness practice for kids can help counter act many symptoms of stress that we are seeing in our schools and that mindfulness can be the foundation to SEL programs as a way to get students "ready to learn".  Come and hear more about this practice and learn how you can do some mindfulness of your own at home.  Janice Houlihan, M.Ed. is a Co-Founder of a non-profit organization called Inner Explorer whose mission is to unlock academic potential and foster lifelong well-being for millions of children.  Inner Explorer currently operations nationwide and in 20 countries. We will then hear from Christene Lee Gerardi, EdM, an Integrative Medicine Educator, Consultant and Wellness Teacher who has studied both mainstream and integrative health and medicine for over 20 years. She began studying her now 18 year old stepson's sensory processing disorder 15 years ago and is making holistic decisions as she raises her now 9 year old daughter in an effort to prevent, recognize if needed and naturally treat. Because she enjoys food so much, it's her first line of defense!  Christene will show us 5 of the most important nutrients your child should be getting, and how to get them; along with 4 of the most detrimental foods your child is probably eating now and how to replace or eliminate them. In addition, Christene will provide a few natural and complementary therapies that have been shown to be beneficial to children with special needs.   

This workshop will be held in the Third-floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. As always this workshop is free and open to all. Please email us at with any questions. To learn more, please take a look at our website: or like us on Facebook :

Stay updated about our workshops, support groups, and events

Parent-to-Parent Support Group
7 PM on Thursday, May 25th
at Coles Tavern, Franklin
Hope you can come join us for a drink and a few laughs! 
About Franklin SEPAC:
The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs.

We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We also hold support groups, fun meet-ups for the kids (like October's Halloween Party at Tangerini's Farm), and donate educational supplies to the Franklin Public School Special Education programs. We are a volunteer-run organization and need donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs. We receive our primary funding through an annual "Evening of Comedy" fundraiser that we host in April.

Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council
355 East Central St.
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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