Written by Sarah Taylor
Philips Academy is unlike any school in the Charlotte area.
Philips Academy serves both middle and high school students with complex learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and autism through their life-centered approach to education that is both remedial and practical. Their approach is backed up by the impressive statistic that 95% of graduates from their program are working, volunteering, or pursuing further education.
For Giving Tuesday 2018, Philips Academy connected their #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign to their annual Thanksgiving Feast and Turkey Trot. Students asked their family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor them, while the Academy encouraged the community to support their students as part of their Giving Tuesday campaign.
As a result of their #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign, Philips Academy raised $12,217 that went towards classroom and teaching supplies, and critical technology that is not otherwise in their budget, like Chromebook laptops. These laptops allow students to engage in the classroom and practice life skills such as applying for jobs, planning bus routes, and researching recipes for their cooking classes.
“Philips Academy values being part of the larger Charlotte Nonprofit Community and GTCLT is a great way for us to be connected to the larger community. Participating in GTCLT is a way to be part of something bigger than just Philips Academy and to celebrate the great work being done in Charlotte by so many amazing nonprofits,” says Executive Director, Deborah Hofland.
This year, Philips Academy plans to replicate their Giving Tuesday campaign with the hopes of collecting more funds to be used for classroom supplies.Chromebooks are just one example of how one item can enrich a student’s education. Click here to learn more about Philips Academy and how you can keep up with their #GivingTuesdayCLT plans.