Welcome to the Franklin SEPAC!

A Holistic Approach: Mindfulness and Nutrition

Join us for our final workshop of the year on Thursday, May 18th at 7. We will be hearing from two wonderful presenters about ways to help your children both in school and out by focusing on two topics: Mindfulness and Nutrition. Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way non-judgmentally. Research is showing us that a daily mindfulness practice for kids can help counter act many symptoms of stress that we are seeing in our schools and that mindfulness can be the foundation to SEL programs as a way to get students "ready to learn".  Come and hear more about this practice and learn how you can do some mindfulness of your own at home. Janice Houlihan, M.Ed. is a Co-Founder of a non-profit organization called Inner Explorer whose mission is to unlock academic potential and foster lifelong well-being for millions of children. Inner Explorer currently operations nationwide and in 20 countries. 
We will then hear from Christene Lee Gerardi, EdM, an Integrative Medicine Educator, Consultant and Wellness Teacher who has studied both mainstream and integrative health and medicine for over 20 years. She began studying her now 18 year old stepson’s sensory processing disorder 15 years ago and is making holistic decisions as she raises her now 9 year old daughter in an effort to prevent, recognize if needed and naturally treat. Because she enjoys food so much, it’s her first line of defense! Christene will show us 5 of the most important nutrients your child should be getting, and how to get them; along with 4 of the most detrimental foods your child is probably eating now and how to replace or eliminate them. In addition, Chris will provide a few natural and complementary therapies that have been shown to be beneficial to children with special needs. This exciting workshop will be held in the third-floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. As always this workshop is free and open to all! Please email us at with any questions and, to learn more, take a look at our website: or like us on Facebook at franklinsepac. .

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Going forward, we would love to expand the board to include Representatives from each of the school buildings in town.  We feel that this is a great way for SEPAC to learn more about successes and issues taking place in each building.  If this is something that you would be interested in, please let us know...the time commitment is minimal.

In addition to Board positions, we are looking for volunteers to help with the planning of social events and fundraising.  This is a great way to help out without taking on a Board position.

About Us:

  The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs.

 We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We run monthly parent support groups and periodic events for children. Franklin SEPAC also contributes an annual donation to Franklin's Special Education programs. We are a 501(c)(3)  volunteer-run organization and rely on donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs. 

Your participation will provide a unique opportunity to meet school officials and other parents, stay informed on policy and legislative changes, ask questions and discuss concerns, and learn something new. Your input into potential speaker topics, and other SEPAC initiatives of particular interest is also welcomed.

We are a member of the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (MassPAC

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