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December 2014
SMARTS Beats is a percussion-based learning program for students at the Rich Center. SMARTS Beats uses hand drums and other percussion instruments to engage students by promoting academic learning, increasing musical knowledge, fostering a sense of community, and developing pride, confidence and satisfaction.

SMARTS Beats Four Goals are as follows:

1) Promote academic learning through unconventional/alternative techniques.

2) Increase musical knowledge, understanding, and appreciation.

3) Foster a sense of teamwork and community.

4) Develop students’ sense of pride, confidence and satisfaction.

Rich Center Announces New Director


March 2014
Melanie Carfolo is no stranger to YSU’s campus; having completed her undergraduate degree here before receiving her Master’s in Educational Administration from Ashland University.  A Valley native, she and her husband and two young children now live in Canfield.

“In joining us, Ms. Carfolo brings a rich array of experiences with exceptional children,” stated Charles Howell, Dean of YSU’s Beeghly College of Education.

Ms. Carfolo is currently the Director of Special Education at East Liverpool City Schools.  Prior to that she worked in schools across the Valley, including Warren, Western Reserve Local, and Struthers.  She holds an Ohio principal license and has served as a special education consultant and school improvement facilitator for the Region 5 State Support Team.

The Rich Center’s founder and Board Chairperson, Phyllis Ricchiuti, says those who’ve worked with Ms. Carfolo had only accolades for her.  “The Rich Center has been in existence for almost 20 years.  Ms. Carfolo will lead us into a new phase of growth where we are positioned to make an even bigger impact in our community.”

Ms. Carfolo’s first day will be March 17th.  Please join us in welcoming her to The Rich Center!

Holiday Giving Campaign at The Gibson Agency


February 2014
The Rich Center for Autism was the top recipient of the Gibson Agency’s Holiday Giving Campaign. Supporters of The Rich Center turned out in great numbers through social media to show their support for our students and won a donation of $5,000 for the center! Checkout The Rich Center for Autism and The Gibson Agency on FaceBook today!



A Special Visit from Home Savings


January 2014
Thanks to our friends from Home Savings for bringing us $125 and 100 cupcakes as part of their 125 days of giving campaign!

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