Local Foundations support Special Needs School in Its Building Expansion

(Canton, Ohio) – The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, Inc. was recently awarded $1.4 million of grant funding for its Building Renovation and Expansion Capital Campaign. Funding was supported by various foundations orchestrated through the support of Stark County Capital Campaign Committee.

Foundations who supported this ever-important project for the region are Timken Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, The Hoover Foundation, The Paul & Carol David Foundation and Stark Community Foundation.

“The Golden Key is grateful to receive this funding for our building renovation and expansion project, ” said Terry Frank, co-founder & executive director of The Golden Key Center. “It provides us the ability to serve more students and families facing the autism spectrum disorder and other cognitive disabilities.”

The support from the foundations allows The Golden Key to focus on individualized services that each student receives at no out-of-pocket expense to families they serve. The renovation and expansion of The Center’s 30th Street location is to add more classrooms, therapy rooms, restrooms, a much needed full-size gym for gross motor needs and a family living center. The family living center will be a dedicated area to teach students basic life skills leading to independence.

The Golden Key Center is seeing firsthand the need for specialized schooling for its community. Its enrollment continues to increase steadily over the past five years. The Golden Key believes with this expansion the community will continue to benefit as it has, for years to come.

About The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, Inc.

The Golden Key is a non-profit, non-public specialized charter school for grades kindergarten through 8th grade. It also has a preschool intervention program for students ages 3-5 on the autism spectrum. The school is a state of Ohio Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarships provider. Its mission is to provide quality education and intervention services for students on the autism spectrum and other cognitive disabilities. The staff are qualified educators, several are specialized in intervention services for autism spectrum disorders. The program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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