A Vision Becomes a Reality
- Written by Ann Levene-Eisenberg
The ground is cleared and the walls are going up! After 15 years, The Palm Beach School for Autism will have its own home; a place specifically designed for students on the autism spectrum. It’s hard to believe that we have now arrived at this point after many years of careful strategic planning and hard work. A special thanks goes out to the members of our Board of Directors, our families, teaching staff and the community for all of their support, patience and perseverance in helping us take a vision and turning it into a reality.
Our 22,500–square-foot building will be completed in August 2012 as we welcome in the new school year. Currently we educate over 145 students in seven cottages on the A.G. Holley Complex; in the new building we will be teaching more than 200 children with autism spectrum disorder.
To help us achieve this goal we have launched the One Piece at a Time capital campaign in December 2011. It was kicked off with an extremely generous gift of $150,000 from the Asofsky Family Foundation. This donation will rename our preschool program to the Claire and Hy Rappaport Preschool Program. We also received a very generous gift of $50,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Roxy Pepper towards the Campaign. They have also committed to helping fund some of the furnishings the School will need throughout the building. Others have stepped forward as well to support the Campaign including families, foundations and community businesses. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity and contributions.
However, we are still in need of additional funds to help build and expand our playgrounds, outfit the classrooms with refrigerators and microwaves, and purchase books & reference materials for the Quinn Connoly Library & Media Center. We are also looking for someone to sponsor the purchase of a mobile stage so that our students will be able to perform, sing and dance in our multi-purpose room. As we continue our efforts to raise the funds to purchase all of the items mentioned above, we are optimistic that the children at The Palm Beach School for Autism will have everything they need to continue to make gains in all domains of their education.
Once again, thank you to everyone for helping us reach our vision and achieving our mission….one piece at a time!
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