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Support special education at 'March Mingle'

Date: 2/16/2009

By Ashlene Ferris

Staff Intern

LONGMEADOW -- On March 6, the Parents of Longmeadow Advisory Council for Education (P.L.A.C.E.) will invite the public to "mingle" for a cause at the Springfield Elks Lodge.

The first "March Mingle" will raise money to allow P.L.A.C.E. to continue to offer free workshops for parents and teachers of children in special education programs.

Michelle Foard, chair of P.L.A.C.E., explained that the organization is the voice for the special education program in Longmeadow and is a resource for parents and staff working with children in special education.

"The more information parents and staff have will help the children be more successful with learning in school," Foard said. "We also provide parents with the opportunity to network with other parents dealing with the same issues."

Longmeadow parent and member of P.L.A.C.E. Wendy Upson said the organization has helped her realize as a parent that she is not alone as a parent of a child in special education.

"I've learned so much valuable information from Michelle and other parents," Upson said. "P.L.A.C.E. is a great way to network with other parents and I've been lucky enough to pass down information to other parents who are concerned and want to help their child."

Foard explained that this is P.L.A.C.E.'s first fundraising effort with a goal of drawing 200 participants.

"[We're] trying to improve our special education systems and the outcome of kids in special education everywhere," she said.

The "March Mingle" will take place at the Springfield Elks Lodge 440 Tiffany St. on March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available online at for $25. The cost of the ticket includes wine and food tastings and music entertainment. A raffle and free prizes will be offered.