About this years charity: The Sven Lokrantz School is located in Reseda , CA. It is a public school that serves over 300 students from the West San Fernando Valley and portions of the East Valley including Sylmar, Sunland, Sun Valley and Pacoima. The students are 3-12 year olds who are moderately to severely handicapped and are currently unable to be successful at their regular education home area school. Currently there are over 30 students with Autism, over 55 students in wheelchairs, over 30 students with Downs Syndrome, one class of deaf and hard of hearing students, and 4 classes of severly emotionally disturbed children, among others. The school has one regular education kindergarten class that enables them to have an outstanding reverse-mainstreaming program with orthopedically challenged kindergarteners that will go off to be mainstreamed onto regular campuses. The families that use this school are 80% low income and 70% speak a language other than English at home.
The Parent Group is a 501c3, and is made up of the parents of these children . They are responsible for raising funds that are lacking in the schools budget for programs that used to be in place. They also raise funds to help cover equipment costs that insurance does not cover, like wheelchair repairs, a new pair of glasses,braces or supplies that a family can not afford.
The money we raise this year is going to be used to pay the cost of a lifeguard for the indoor therapy pool that is kept up, but not in use due to budget cuts. Any of you who have any special needs person in your life know how beneficial this therapy is and the sad fact is that this pool has been a part of the curriculum since the school first opened 50 years ago Sept 11th. Any additional money will be put towards paying for The Moving Guy – a very well known PT who has made a huge difference in the lives of the children he has worked with over the years at the school – and to pay for special services used to enrich the lives of these children who don’t get to see much of the outside world.
– Deirdra Hearn, Rideforacure.net