This article was contributed by Chamberlain’s Youth Services.
Chamberlain’s Youth Services recently received two grants to assist with the addition of a second classroom at Keith Thompson Non-Public School. The nonprofit received $10,000 from the Community Foundation for San Benito County and $4,000 from the County of San Benito.
Donations also came from Guild Mortgage, SC Stone Fabrication, Legacy Roofing and several community members that attended the Ribbon Cutting on Aug. 2 held in collaboration with the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. Chamberlain’s partnered with local contractors R & D Building Solutions and was able to open on time for the start of the new school year.
“The addition of the second classroom has already begun having a strong impact on student learning,” said special education teacher Matthew Morrison. “The environment has helped students feel more connected to their learning through the use of technology, interactions with staff, and access to curricular materials. The structure in the environment has created a warm atmosphere that supports all students and staff in meeting IEP goals and program objectives.”
The grants allow the school to expand their capacity for special education students from 12 to 24.
“The expansion of our student capacity is an important step forward in serving the complex special education needs of our community, right here in our community,” Executive Director Patrick Ellis said. “The second classroom will open additional space for our district partners, adding another option to meet the needs of SBC students.”
Many thanks to the Community Foundation, the County of San Benito and all of the donors in our community for investing in the education of our youth. Your contribution is making a real difference. For more information about Chamberlain’s Keith Thompson Non-Public School, please visit our website at www.chamberlainsyouth.org