The generosity of the Sean Weisse Foundation can be seen in the classrooms of Kings Park, thorugh smart boards, supplies and even tutoring.
Although Sean’s beautiful life only graced this earth shortly, he lives on the hearts of so many. His parents were staunch advocates for his special needs and now they go to bat for other children like Sean.
“This past year several iPad Touches were donated to special education classes at the elementary school to help the kids with reading,” said founder Steven Weisse.
Weisse and his wife Kelly, along with a host of their family and friends, run the Kings Park foundation, which bears the name of their late son.
In addition to the iPods, the foundation has also donated a host of materials that aid children with varying special needs including wii consoles; flat screen TV’s for occupational therapy and Smart Boards.
“On the intermediate and middle school level we have donated reading pens, gel boards with pens and magnetic journals with phoneme tiles to Ms. O'Briens Orton Reading Classes,” said Weisse.
Earlier this year, The Sean Weisse Foundation was named Neighbor of the Year by a local publication for their honorable works. The Foundation raises money to aid children with special needs in the Kings Park district and in the local area.
The Foundation also sponsors tutorship of two students using the Orton Gillian Reading Program and Kelly and Steve are proud to say both students are doing very well.
This Saturday, the Sean Weisse Foundation will be hosting its third annual Picnic and Family Fun Day at the Smithtown Fire Department property adjacent to the Nissequogue River on Route 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.(next door to Stop & Shop).
There will be music, food, games, rides and an enormous Chinese Auction. The cost is $10 per person. Children under 2 are free.
The Weisse’s say they enjoy seeing the community come out to support such a wonderful cause in Sean's memory.
“One of the best feelings for me is when Sean's friends come running up to me and ask what color are the shirts and bracelets this year? It makes me feel so connected to Sean,” said Weisse.
It’s full steam ahead for the foundation; they plan on continuing on their trajectory in Sean's memory. Sean’s younger brother Patrick is part of the winning team and now there is another Weisse to keep the mission going.
“This year we welcomed our third son Daniel Sean into the world and Sean would be very proud of his brother Patrick because he is an amazing big brother to Danny, “he said.
Weisse says Patrick has big plans of telling baby Danny all about their kind hearted older brother Sean.
For more information on The Sean Weisse Foundation or the Picnic and Family Fun Day contact Steven Weisse at 631.258.0712 or firstname.lastname@example.org