|Excitement is in the air at the Monarch School as the New Campus Campaign moves forward, and Monarch’s dream of having a new home gets closer to becoming reality. Monarch’s first capital campaign, an ambitious one for a young, small school, was launched the summer of 2006 to raise desperately needed funds for a permanent home.
In addition to almost doubling the enrollment capacity, the new campus will more than double the school’s outreach through the Diagnostic Clinic, Learning Center and summer program. Perhaps most compelling is the increased capacity for more professional teams to learn how to start a school like Monarch in other states and other countries. Currently, a team of five professionals from Guatemala are on site throughout the school year learning to do just that. Their new school, Monarch Guatemala, will open in August 2007!
To date, the New Campus Campaign has raised $1.5 million from foundations, as well as parents, board members, and other individual donors. Contributions have also been received through special events that focus on raising the community’s awareness of The Monarch School and its mission. Although several promising foundation proposals are still outstanding, Monarch needs every supporter of the school to get behind the campaign in order to achieve the target goal of almost $9 million.
During a recent private home Mardi-Gras themed event for the New Campus Campaign, more than 50 guests were treated to the wonderful music of John Hardesty, an accomplished pianist and Monarch supporter. In addition, the hosts of the event, Billy and Tammy Brown, Clif and Barbara Adcock, and Marilyn Macha and John Hardesty shared how The Monarch School has impacted their lives in hopes of garnering support for the New Campus Campaign and the school.
In the upcoming weeks, Monarch will be launching the New Campus Campaign’s Business and Corporate Campaign, during which Monarch will approach businesses and corporations to ask for their support. A committee made up of current and former parents, board members and donors will head up this campaign.
All of the members of the Monarch community are eagerly looking forward to the success of the New Campus Campaign.
"The excitement is building over the move to our new campus in August 2008! 100% of the faculty and the board have already made their pledge,” Dr. Marty Webb, Head of The Monarch School, said.
If you'd like to get involved in helping this great dream come true, please contact Shannon Woodruff, Monarch Development Director, at 713-479-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and professionals in the Houston area who live and work with children who have developmental delays will soon be able to add a new network to their list of resources. On April 15th, 2007, a kickoff meeting will be held for the newly formed Houston Regional DIR®/Floortime™ Network to share future plans for the group with the public.
Floortime™ is the centerpiece of the DIR® (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based) Model. Used with children who have developmental delays, the DIR®/Floortime™ approach involves meeting children at their current developmental level, and building upon their strengths to help them master new capabilities. The April 15th meeting will feature Serena Wieder, Ph.D., who co-developed the DIR® model with Stanley Greenspan, Ph.D., and currently serves as both the founder and Associate Chair of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders and Director of the DIR® Institute. Headed up by a steering committee of local professionals and parents, the network seeks to raise community awareness of developmental and learning disorders while also providing a venue for the support of local parents and professionals who use the DIR® model.
"This network will provide an avenue for professionals and parents to come together to learn more about DIR® and to share what we are finding successful in our work,” commented Debrah Hall, Monarch Apprentice Program Director.
The kickoff meeting will take place on:
Sunday, April 15th from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
1st Floor Conference Room of the Feigin Building
6621 Fannin, in the Houston Medical Center.
To register, send an email to email@example.com indicating you will attend along with any guests that will be joining you. For directions: log on to http://www.lasertraining.org/TexasChildrensHospital.htm#Room.