Tree Stars Program

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Tree Stars Project will help the children of Little Star Center learn life skills and give back to the local ecosystem with a lasting gift. The Little Star Center is located in Carmel and provides year round therapeutic intervention and programs for children with autism. Trees Indiana is providing individualized curriculum for the children that include such concepts as the benefits of trees, a tree’s life cycle, and tree biology, prior to the tree planting in an indoor group enrichment environment. Planting the trees near the Little Star Center allows the children to provide continued care for the trees and to observe their cycle of life with each season.

"Research indicates a direct link between exposure to nature and healthy childhood development and we’re very excited to promote this opportunity to the children of the Little Star Center," said Carol Cavell, executive director of Trees Indiana.

The City of Carmel Urban Forestry staff and the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will provide 15 ornamental trees and tree-planting expertise for the volunteers.

The idea for this project began when Matt Cavell, an account executive for Ricoh, asked his mother, Carol Cavell, to partner on a possible service project with him for his client. Carol is the Executive Director of Trees Indiana, a not-for-profit organization of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The City of Carmel and Duke Realty, which manages the corporate center where Little Star Center is located in Hamilton Crossing, were soon added to the partnership.

Carmel Mayor James Brainard will present a proclamation at the ceremony. "Carmel is pleased to partner with the Little Star Center, Trees Indiana and Ricoh Business Solutions to provide this wonderful learning opportunity. This hands-on nature program will enrich the lives of these students and allow them to connect with the world around them in a unique way," said Mayor Brainard.

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About Little Star Center

The mission of Little Star Center, Inc. is to provide a structured, sensory-friendly facility where children with autism receive individualized therapeutic intervention. Based on the fundamental principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), Little Star provides an atmosphere where children, therapists, and families can interact, support each other and receive on-going training so that each child can reach their full potential at home and in a variety of settings outside of therapy. After decades of research, the United States Surgeon General has endorsed intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with autism and other development delays. Over 30 years of research documents the efficacy of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in reducing the inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.

Little Star Center provides year round therapeutic intervention and various other programs for children with autism based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).