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Merakey Education Center Chambersburg

WELCOME to Merakey Education Center CHAMBERSBURG (Franklin County | 717-261-1163)

The Merakey Education Center Chambersburg provides educational programming in full-time Autistic Support and full-time Emotional Support classrooms to students ages 5 through 21. A Pennsylvania certified special education teacher and a highly qualified classroom aide lead instruction in each classroom where a low student-to-staff ratio is maintained at all times. Verbal behavior, applied behavior analysis, individualized programming, speech therapy, and occupational therapy services are provided in our school. Cognitive behavioral interventions and therapeutic instruction guided by a Masters - Level Clinical Specialist enhance our Emotional Support program. Our center works in collaboration with local school districts and community providers to offer individualized and quality education for each student.

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CONTACT INFO:
School Address: 2593 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201
School Phone Number: 717-261-1163
Education and Autism Services Administration Office Number: 724-532-2302

Name: Andrew Lyon.
Title: Director
Email: Andrew.Lyon@merakey.org

Amerakey Stress Rest Shop

(03.19.2019) - Last week, the Emotional Support classroom at Merakey Education Center Chambersburg held their grand opening of a school store called "Amerakey Stress Rest Shop". The students made signs, surveyed the school on items they would like to purchase, and purchased inventory based upon what scored best in the surveys. The students have various jobs such as stocking the shelves, keeping track of the inventory, and being the cashier. The students are hoping to earn money for fun activities to go on and to purchase new items for the classroom.

Amerakey Amerakey

Volunteering at Maranatha Marketplace

Maranatha(03.11.2019) - Recently, the ASD classroom at the Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg, PA started to volunteer at Maranatha Marketplace. Maranatha is a charitable organization that helps the Chambersburg community in various ways through their food pantry, a cold shelter, their "Homeless Matters" project, mentoring, and other projects.

During last week's trip to the Marketplace, the class helped to organize and hang up clothes. Staff members at the Marketplace were very thankful for the support and look forward to the children’s visits.

Celebrating Black History Month

(03.04.2019) - Throughout the month of February, the Emotional Support classroom at the Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg learned about different historical figures in celebration of Black History Month. The class participated in an art project based on the art styles of Alma Thomas and a collage for Martin Luther King Jr. During social studies class, the students studied Brown vs. The Board of Education and learned about Frederick Douglass. The students read "Through My Eyes" by Margo Lundell, a biography on Ruby Bridges, and researched various black inventors.

Black History Month

Valentine's Day at Chambersburg

(02.22.2019) - On February 14, Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg celebrated Valentine's Day. During group Occupational Therapy, Miss Anne helped the students make holiday themed cookies. The Autism Spectrum Disorder classroom made art projects with a Valentine's Day message. And, the Emotional Support classroom learned the history of the holiday during social studies.

Chambersburg Valentine's Day

National School Choice Week

(02.08.2019) - On the last week in January, the Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg, PA celebrated National School Choice Week. National School Choice Week celebrates all forms of schools that students and parents can choose from to meet their child’s needs. Students and staff learned a new dance and participated in fun activities like mazes, coloring, and crosswords. Both students and staff wore yellow scarves proudly to celebrate the week!

Black History Month

Visit to Books-A-Million

(02.05.2019) - On February 5, Miss Sarah's class at the Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg, PA visited Books-A-Million in Hagerstown, MD. By selling snacks, drinks, iced coffee, and cookies in the school café, the students earned more than $100 to use for the field trip. Students decided that they would like new reading material for their classroom, so they used their earnings to purchase more books. The students love to read, so they each purchased their favorite book.

Visit to Books-A-Million

National School Choice Week

(01.28.2019) - On the last week in January, the Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg, PA celebrated National School Choice Week. National School Choice Week celebrates all forms of schools that students and parents can choose from to meet their child’s needs. Students and staff learned a new dance and participated in fun activities like mazes, coloring, and crosswords. Both students and staff wore yellow scarves proudly to celebrate the week!

National School Choice Week

Breakfast is Served!

(11.30.2018) - This week's Occupational Therapy group at the Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg, PA learned how to make breakfast. The students made toast, bacon, eggs, and sausage. They had a great time preparing the food and especially enjoyed eating it! The students always look forward to Miss Anne's group OT, especially when it involves food!

Breakfast is Served!

Thanksgiving Feast

(11.21.2018) - On November 21, the students and staff at Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg, PA celebrated Thanksgiving. The students, along with the staff's help, prepared side dishes such as mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. The students also played Thanksgiving games, such as Thanksgiving Bingo, Gratitude Pick-up Sticks, and an activity booklet full of mazes and word searches.

Thanksgiving Feast

Trip to Martin's Famous Potato Rolls and Breads

(10.12.2018) - On October 5, Miss Sarah's class from Merakey Education Center in Chambersburg went on a field trip to Martin's Famous Potato Rolls and Breads. The class had recently finished reading "The Little Red Hen" and wanted to see how bread was made. The class had a great time touring the facility and seeing the process of bread making.

Trip to Martin's Famous Potato Rolls and Breads

Discovery Station Visit

(10.05.2018) - The Autism Spectrum Disorder classroom at the Merakey Education Center Chambersburg recently went on a trip to the Discovery Station in Hagerstown, MD. The class learned about changes in matter and energy, and had read "Leaf Man". Students were particularly interested in learning about the physical changes that leaves experience during the fall season. At the Discovery Station, along with many other exciting science activities, the students had a lot of fun creating their own leaf creatures with fall leaves.

Discovery Station Visit Discovery Station Visit

Coffee Café

Coffee Café (05.21.2018) - Recently, students from the Merakey Education Center Chambersburg began selling iced coffee to staff on Wednesday mornings.

The students take orders, prepare the coffee, and handle the exchange of money. The profits they make help fund their classroom activities, such as field trips or a new project for the classroom. Not only do they have fun running the café, but the staff members love it!

Cheering on the Special Olympics

(05.21.2018) - On May 10, students from Merakey Education Center Chambersburg cheered for those participating in the Special Olympics at the local Chambersburg High School track. They saw many athletes competing in track and field categories who pushed themselves to be their best!

Special Olympics

ASD Classroom's Recycling Program

(04.09.2018) - In honor of Earth Day, throughout the month of April the ASD classroom at Merakey Education Center Chambersburg began a recycling program! Students set up recycling bins in the school’s cafeteria for cans, plastic, cardboard, textiles and glass. Staff encouraged the students to reach out to their families to send in items to be recycled as well.

Recycling Program

Celebrating Spring

(04.09.2018) - Students and staff celebrated the beginning of Spring on March 29, with the ES classroom holding a coloring contest. Students were encouraged to color their pictures using bright, Spring-like colors. The ASD classroom also celebrated on March 20, with a trip to Rita’s Water Ice for a treat!

Springtime Celebration

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

(03.27.2018) - On March 16, the school celebrated St. Patrick’s Day! Students and staff wore green, and held a party in the cafeteria with holiday-themed cupcakes. The students also learned about the history of the holiday.

NHS School Chambersburg Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

A Trip to Red Robin

(03.27.2018) - NHS School Chambersburg’s ASD class enjoyed a lunch out to Red Robin to exercise the daily life skills they’ve been learning! They ordered their food, paid for their meal on their own, and practiced social skills. The students and staff had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food – especially the French fries!

NHS School Chambersburg Takes A Trip to Red Robin

Bowling Fundraiser

NHS School Chambersburg Goes to the Movies(03.14.2018) - Students from the NHS School Chambersburg participated in the 4th Annual Bowling Tournament this year alongside staff and NHS Foundation members! This year’s tournament encouraged company-wide participation, and the students enjoyed raising money for the NHS Foundation, which helps support NHS’s array of programs. Students had a great time bowling at Nellie Fox Bowl in Chambersburg, PA and were able to raise $39 for the Foundation.

NHS School Chambersburg would like to thank the bowling alley for providing a discount to the students.

Going to the Movies

(02.02.2018) - The ASD classroom at NHS School Chambersburg won the monthly ticket drawing by earning the most tickets in December. They won by demonstrating three characteristics that NHS prides their students on displaying: be responsible, be respectful, and be your best. The class chose to go to the movies to see Paddington 2. In preparation to see the movie, the class learned all about Paddington the Bear. The class read stories and even made Paddington themed crafts!

NHS School Chambersburg Goes to the Movies

Studying Action Maths

NHS School Chambersburg Studies Action Maths(01.24.2018) - Students in the ASD classroom at NHS School Chambersburg have been studying Action Maths, a series of books created by teachers to make math more fun to learn. The class has been having a good time learning all about different math skills. This week was about different shapes, and how they can create a pop-up jungle! The students loved cutting out all the different shapes and colors.

Holiday Spirit

(01.19.2018) - The holiday spirit was alive and bright at NHS School Chambersburg on December 20. Students and staff received a surprise visit from Santa Claus! Everyone enjoyed reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' with Santa. Students also had fun playing festive games, eating good food, listening to music, and making crafts.

Holiday Spirit

Operation Christmas Stocking

(01.11.2018) - Students In the Emotional Support classroom at NHS School Chambersburg learned about giving back, especially during the holidays. One of the community projects that students participated in was Operation Christmas Stocking. Each student decorated a stocking for a person in the military who would not be home for the holidays. Gratitude is our attitude here at NHS School Chambersburg!

Operation Christmas Stocking
Since his arrival to the NHS School Chambersburg in 2008, Jacob has made significant strides behaviorally, academically, and socially. When Jacob first joined our school, he spent most of the day managing behaviors and implementing the structure of a school day. Jacob, in time, decreased his behavioral concerns, and thus substantially increased his educational time. With this, we have seen great development with life skills, such as money management, writing, time management, and self-care. We have also seen tremendous progress in gross and fine motor abilities, development of positive coping skills, improved speech and social skills. At times, staff will refer to Jacob as the "Mayor" due to his exuberance in greeting all of his peers and staff. Jacob's special personality leaves an indelible mark on every individual he befriends, a mark that will always be with them.


Take a walk around our school and in the classroom!