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Welcome to our News Room. Below you’ll find the most recent information about what’s going on at the Conductive Learning Center, and opportunities for you to get involved.

Summer Camp 2017January 3, 2017

Summer Camp at the Conductive Learning Center (CLC) is an opportunity for children of all ages to come for an intensive four-week session of conductive education. Groups of children, similar in age and physical challenges, learn mobility skills, independence, and functional daily living skills, within a supportive group atmosphere of fun and adventure. Each age group examines a specially selected topic and curriculum while working toward the next level of independence. Find more details and apply here.

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This is a great opportunity for prospective families, community partners, and interested supporters to learn more about the programs and impact of CLC. These one-hour information sessions, comprised of a short presentation, classroom tour and Q&A wrap-up.

Register now for one of two sessions, space is limited!

Thursday, Nov. 3 – 1-2 p.m. Register here.
Friday, Nov. 4 – 9-10 a.m. Register here.

Longtime Conductive Learning Center student Johnny Agar and his dad Jeff will compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawaii on October 8, 2016 — a grueling race that tests human resolve, and proves what can be accomplished in the face of adversity.

For many, it’s hard to imagine a kid with cerebral palsy being able to compete in one of the most challenging and iconic races in the world. However, those familiar with the core concepts of Conductive Education — independence, self-confidence, achievement, and the belief that everything is possible — understand this moment is something Johnny has been preparing for mentally, physically, and emotionally, since his earliest days at the Conductive Learning Center (CLC).

Johnny began attending CLC in 1998, and currently attends Aquinas College in combination with follow-up programming at CLC to maintain his physical skills. This 22-year-old young man is proud of all he has learned over the years and credits his ability to walk to the Conductive Learning Center.

As part of Team Agar, Johnny will race in tandem with his dad for the swimming and biking legs of the race and for miles 1 through 25 of the run. Johnny will walk the final mile independently.

“Ironman Kona epitomizes everything that my life has stood for: strength, will, and perseverance,” says Agar. “I can’t wait to share my experiences training for this event with you!”

Visit the Team Agar website to follow along and share your support!

Also, watch for more information to come about Team Agar’s journey to Kona.Johnny1

Johnny and CLC Program Director Andrea Benyovszky

Plan now to be a part of this inspiring evening benefitting the children of the Conductive Learning Center.

Tuesday, October 11
5:45 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Watermark Country Club
5500 Cascade Rd. Grand Rapids MI 49546 [click for directions]

5:45 p.m.
Social Hour & Hors d’oeuvres

6:45 p.m.
Dinner & Program
Live Auction
Partners in Hope: Fund Drive

Business Attire
Tickets $125 per person*
*$100 tax deductible charitable contribution.

Download the invitation here.

To Purchase Tickets
Please call Janelle at 616.575.0575 or purchase online through Paypal here [choose “pay with debit or credit card” option ]

Evening of Celebration Tickets
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Children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and motor disorders face challenges in everyday tasks that most of us do without even thinking — eating, buttoning a shirt, sitting in a chair, can be extremely difficult to accomplish.

The Conductive Learning Center (CLC) changes that. Through the application of conductive education methodology, CLC has a transformative effect on mobility and independence. This approach, that combines medical knowledge with educational methods, teaches a child to gain control over his or her body – and accomplish tasks he or she never thought possible.

With increased mobility, strength, problem-solving skills, confidence and self-esteem, the child’s and the entire family’s life is improved.

At a time when many are telling these kids they can’t,
CLC is telling them they can. And that is why… Hope Lives Here.



You can change a child’s life by helping them reach their greatest potential. Sponsor An Evening of Celebration. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Each package includes benefits such as tickets, recognition, program ad, and VIP service.

Learn More/Download Sponsorship materials here.

For more information, contact Karen Mueller O’Neill, Executive Director, at 616.575.0575.



Presenting Sponsors

Keith & Shelly Harrold
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Steve & Mary Anderson
Anlaan Corporation
Richard H Brown Foundation
CapTrust Financial Advisors
Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation
Jandernoa Foundation

Paul & Cathy Boyer
David & Cara Cassard
Custom Sales & Marketing/Rick & Sandy White
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
Ferris State University/David L. Eisler
Bob & Sharon Grooters
Art & Betsy Hasse
Ross & Thea Hoezee
Jacks Family
Karen & Bill Lawrence
Legacy Trust
Litehouse Foods
S. Abraham and Sons, Inc.
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Guy & Laura Staples
Bob & Judy VanDongen
Varnum LLP
West Walker Steel

Brian & Melinda Breslin
Dirk & Lisa Buth
John C. Estabrook
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Joan Powaser, in memory of Dr. Tom Powaser
Rockford Construction
Jim & Mary Veldheer
Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling
Linda & Randy Wagner
Patrick & Laurie Webster
Brandon & Tina Wong

Wine Sponsor
Henry A. Fox Sales

Printing Sponsor
Holland Litho Printing Service

Technology Partner
Aria Show Technology

Parking Partner
Ellis Parking Company

Event Photographer
Brittany Miller


We are extremely grateful for the commitment of those who devote their time and talents to making this annual event a huge success.

Honorary Chairpersons
Chip Behler
Paul & Cathy Boyer
Brian & Melinda Breslin
David & Patsy Eisler
Bob & Sharon Grooters
Keith & Shelly Harrold
Sen. David & Sarah Hildenbrand
Dirk Hoffius
Earl & Donnalee Holton
Bill & Karen Lawrence
Mark & Elizabeth Murray
Paul & Marge Potter
Guy & Laura Staples

Gala Committee
Becki Agar
Shelley Anderson
Cathy Boyer
Celeste Dyehouse
Shelly Harrold
Linh Huynh
Amy Roberson
Robert Van Dongen
Linda Wagner
Jennifer White

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This is a great opportunity for prospective families, community partners, and interested supporters to learn more about the programs and impact of CLC. These one-hour information sessions, comprised of a short presentation, classroom tour, and Q&A wrap-up, will be held twice in July.

Register now for one of two sessions, space is limited!

Wednesday, July 20 – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register here.
Tuesday, July 26 – 1:30-2:30 p.m. Register here.

Easter Holiday ScheduleFebruary 25, 2016

Conductive Learning Center programs will operate according to their normal schedules on Friday, March 25. The administrative office will be closed.

School programs and administrative office will be closed on Monday, March 28.




Feb. 18, 2016  was declared Conductive Education Day in the state of Michigan, through a resolution presented by Senator. Dave Hildenbrand.

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58478_10153487419131443_1528323865388372452_n This is a great opportunity for prospective families, community partners or anyone who is interested in learning more about conductive education and the programs and impact of CLC. These one-hour sessions include a brief presentation, a classroom tour, and time for Q&A.

Register now for one of two sessions, space is limited!

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register here.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 1:30-2:30 p.m. Register here.

Mark your calendars for this Guest Bartender Night Fundraiser at Olive’s Restaurant & Bar …  featuring CLC friends, Chip Behler & Andy Behler.

Wednesday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m.

Olive’s Restaurant & Bar will donate (20%) of sales on this evening to CLC to support children with motor disabilities.

Chip and Andy will make it a fun night for all!  Plus, CLC board, staff and families will be in attendance to share about our mission and program. An informal way to support CLC and learn more.

Visit to find a map and menu.  No flyer is needed.


We recently asked for your help, needing to enroll at least 10 people in the Rite Aid KidCents program by January 31, 2016 to receive a $5,000+ grant.

Thank you to all who helped! CLC has met the challenge and will receive a $5,000 grant!

It’s not too late to enroll in the KidCents Round-up Program to support CLC year-round.  Just choose the Conductive Learning Center as your designated charity Imagine the change that your change can make in a child’s life!

STEP 1: Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti (Skip to Step 2 if you are already a wellness+ with Plenti member)

  • Visit and click ‘Sign In’ on the left
  • Click the box on the right to ‘Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti
  • Complete registration process for wellness+ with Plenti
  • Click through to finish signing up in Plenti
  • When finished with both processes, you will be directed to

STEP 2: Enroll in the KidCents Round-Up Program

  • Visit
  • You should see your account logged in on the left. If not, sign in with the account information.
  • Click ‘Start rounding up today!’ dial on the left

Step 3: Designate Your Charity

  • Click ‘Select a Charity’ on the left
  • Type Conductive Learning Center and click ‘Select This Charity’

When you sign up, there are great benefits for you and CLC.

  • When you use your wellness+ with Plenti card when making a purchase at Rite Aid or a Plenti partner (i.e. AT&T, Macy’s, Exxon, Mobil), you agree to round-up your change and donate it to CLC.  You also earn rewards for your own use.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Reed, CLC’s Interim Administrative Coordinator, at (616) 575-0575 or


To provide opportunities for preschool and school age children with motor challenges to achieve optimal physical, cognitive and social independence through the application and promotion of conductive education principles.CLC is a 501(C)3 Organization