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The Emerge School for Autism held a ceremonial groundbreaking on June 6,2019. The ceremony included messages from Melissa Juneau, CEO of The Emerge Center, Jean-Paul Perrault Board Chair of The Emerge School, Leigh Bozard, Principal of The Emerge School, and Shelton Jones, Executive Director of The Emerge Foundation.
Based on a child’s Individualized Education Plan and unique needs, he or she receives therapies that may include Speech, Occupational and Applied Behavior Analysis from Emerge Center staff along with Special Education instruction. This combination of therapeutic support with specialized education all on one campus sets the school apart.
In its first year of operation, the school has served twenty students within two classrooms at The Emerge Center.
A growth campaign for the school began in 2018. As of June 6, $1.673 million has been raised towards a $2 million goal. Growth campaign donors include:
- Matt and Sherri McKay – Allstar Automotive Group
- The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation
- The Charles Lamar Family Foundation
- John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer
- The Milford Wampold Support Foundation
- The Boo Grigsby Foundation
- The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation
- Erich and Katie Sternberg
- Hans and Donna Sternberg
Construction of the new 7,000 square foot building is expected to be completed by the spring of next year. Until then, the school will temporarily operate out of Polk Elementary. Once fully built out, the school will be able to accommodate approximately 48 children.