SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – Learning partners: Partners In Learning celebrates Giving Tuesday and is committed to continuing its impact in the community. Providing inclusive high quality preschool education to all children is the foundation of our organization.
Founded in 1996, founders like Dr. Shirley Ritchie recognized the need for inclusive early childhood education services for children with special needs in Rowan County.
Partners In Learning was created to provide safe, welcoming and supportive early childhood education and care for families and children. One of the critical aspects of inclusion is immersion in the community. It is essential for the children we serve to be active in our community and to have the opportunity to experience all that Rowan County has to offer.
After 25 years serving Rowan County on our founding site, Partners In Learning is expanding and relocating to a new location on Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue, Jr. donors, we launched our Partnership for Our Future campaign to raise $ 8 million.
This Tuesday I Give, Partners In Learning invites the community to take part in the giving movement. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity around the world. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s Giving Tuesday takes place on November 30 and kicks off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
The goal of Giving Tuesday this year is to raise $ 5,000 to fund our educational supply room. Our Educational Supply Room provides teachers, students, and families with the supplies needed to meet children’s academic and adaptive needs. Partners In Learning is a community impact organization. One of the many ways we impact our local community is the family support we provide at Partners In Learning and throughout our county and surrounding counties. The funding helps us organize family support events where children with special needs can come together and get the support they need.
Tonya Correll, Family Support Specialist, says: “It also allows them to feel less of the stigma they often encounter when they are individually in the community with their children. There is strength in numbers. These events help families with a child with a new diagnosis learned from other parents who may have a child with the same diagnosis they have been living with for years. Families of children with special needs can often feel isolated, by providing a support network we help them build lifelong friendships.
Cassie Karriker, our early intervention director, takes charge of the accommodations in our classrooms to ensure that every child receives an inclusive educational experience. “As part of the inclusive classroom, we need to have the right materials and equipment in the classroom to support all children. Whether it’s chairs, spoons, stools, visuals, cups, weighted vests, or whatever else is needed to ensure that a child has every chance of success. Without funding for these materials, we would have to depend on families to make the necessary changes. In addition, families of children with special needs must already pay for various therapies and support that their children may need. Partners take this stress away from our families, ”said Karriker.
“The generosity of the community has been a blessing for our community impact organization. Giving Tuesday is another opportunity for our donors to support us and those who haven’t given in the past to help make a difference this season of giving. There is no magic amount; every dollar counts, ”said General Manager Norma Honeycutt.
Those interested in joining the Partners In Learning Giving Tuesday initiative can visit www.epartnersinlearning.org or text PILFUTURE @ 844-952-4348.
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