High Hopes Development Center received a disbursement grant from Governor Lee’s discretionary budget during a special check presentation Friday, August 16. The grant, which totaled $25,000, will help further High Hopes’ mission to provide education, therapeutic services and loving support to children with and without disabilities.
“High Hopes remains committed to serving children of all abilities throughout the state of Tennessee,” said Gail Powell, High Hopes Executive Director. “We’re grateful for the support of our governor and state legislators who are actively making a difference in the lives of these children.”
Representatives from High Hopes were joined by Brad Turner, Commissioner of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for the state of Tennessee, Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, and Rep. Brandon Ogles R-Franklin. Although unable to attend, Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, and State Sen. Jack Johnson were instrumental in securing the donation.
“Not only does High Hopes provide top-notch education to their children, they do so while promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment for kids to learn and grow,” said Commissioner Turner. “Because of this, we’re honored to provide this grant to High Hopes as they continue to serve children throughout our state.”
Currently, High Hopes serves 850 children spanning more than 22 counties in Tennessee. For more information, visit highhopesforkids.org.
About High Hopes Development Center | High Hopes Development Center is a 35-year-old non-profit organization that loves, nurtures, and educates children with two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential. Children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child. High Hopes also offers an on-site pediatric therapy clinic, allowing children to receive therapy services during their preschool day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides occupational, speech, physical and feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social sucess.