The Monarch School Fundraiser
Empowering Students with Neurological Differences
The Monarch School is a source of pride for Houston and a boon for parents across the nation. This exceptional school draws families all over the United States to our city thanks to its innovative, therapeutic approach to educating children with neurological obstacles. Monarch's transition program also helps graduates and adults with neurological differences live independent lives, empowering them to start careers and learn skills they can apply in the marketplace. Some of their graduated learners—the school’s preferred term for students—come back to contribute to the school’s efforts.
Hosting the Fundraiser
Monarch's operating budget is only partially covered by tuition. That means the school relies on the generous donations of Houston's communities and community leaders. To that end, the Arnold & Itkin Foundation has eagerly contributed to the school's funds in order to help as many families as possible benefit from the school's innovative, powerful approach to education.
On May 15, 2018, the Arnold & Itkin Foundation was proud to host a fundraiser for Monarch at the Arnold & Itkin headquarters in our rooftop garden. The fundraiser was powered in part by Katie, an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in multiple Houston galleries. As a former Monarch learner, she was able to give back to her community through one of her originals—an item that generated $25,000 for the school. In total, $90,000 was raised that evening.
The event also showcased other learners’ work, including handcrafted wooden pens and delicacies prepared by the learner-run kitchen. Their participation testified to the power of Monarch’s approach. Suzanne Reyes, whose daughter is in the transition program, says, "I can see possibilities for her now that I didn't think were there before." Parents from Atlanta were encouraged by Monarch's "progressive model for neuro-diversity," which is the core of the school's philosophy. Empowerment is what offers dignity and independence, and each Monarch teacher is trained to empower students. They are, in the truest sense of the word, educators.