BENEFITING: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
On November 5, I will be running in the New York City Marathon to help raise money for Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. Clarke provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Annually, more than 1,200 children and their families benefit from programs and services at Clarke’s five locations in Boston, Jacksonville, New York City, Northampton and Philadelphia. Ten years ago, my niece (and God-daughter), Emily was identified as profoundly deaf through newborn screening. She had her hearing aids by 3 months and her cochlear implants at 10 and 17 months. The information gathered and recommendations resulting from Comprehensive Education Evaluations that Emily has had at Clarke have helped to shape her mainstream educational experience. Emily’s school district contracts with Clarke for Teacher of the Deaf services. Emily has been able to flourish in the mainstream because of the amazing teachers at Clarke. Each year, Clarke's Summer Camp gives kids a chance to practice being the best they can be. They experience a place designed to create happy memories and encourage self-expression. All campers treasure the time they spend hanging out and getting to know other kids with hearing loss and being part of a “family” environment. This summer is Emily’s second year at the Clarke Summer Camp. It has become an important place for her and likely will be the primary place for her to develop relationships with deaf peers. Clarke has been a huge part of Emily’s education and I am honored to help raise money so Clarke can continue providing this level of assistance for Emily and others. Thank you so much for your support!