Households across the Northwest are bustling with back-to-school excitement: new clothes, pristine pencils, the promise of new friends and new adventures. But for elementary and middle-school students with sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, emotional-behavioral disabilities, autism, and extreme anxiety, the prospect of "back to school" can seem daunting.
That's where Renton's
Children's Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD) helps. This nonprofit therapeutic day school, with a 2:1 student-teacher ratio, uses a unique curriculum that includes arts, videography, and outdoor education. Its goal is to help students grow beyond the struggles that block their readiness to learn. After one to three years at CHILD, many can transition back to their home school districts.
PEMCO employees from across Washington reached out to support CHILD as one of PEMCO's 12 "Nonprofits of the Month" for 2017. J P., a PEMCO Information Management systems manager, nominated and championed CHILD as the choice for August. He wrote:
"My wife, who is the art teacher at CHILD, comes home every day with stories about how students work through their challenges and overcome barriers that have held them back for years. It's a major victory when students can return to their neighborhood schools after several years at CHILD. It can be a somewhat melancholy victory because it's hard for her to say goodbye to a kid that she and the other teachers have worked so closely with for so long. CHILD helps their students become self-sufficient, self-regulating, productive members of society, which for some of the most-troubled cases is nothing short of a miracle."
CHILD gratefully welcomes community support through volunteering and donations.
Here's how you can help.
We're proud to support local organizations like CHILD that work to improve the quality of life in our Northwest communities. Wishing a happy back-to-school season for all!