SPOKANE, Wash. – This Saturday, volunteers will rally across Eastern Washington asking for pennies for the Spokane Guilds’ School. It’s the organization’s 18th annual Community Day to kick off the year-long Penny Drive fundraiser.
Last year on Community Day, the Guilds’ School made $82,000. The money goes straight to the school so that it can maintain its services - providing early therapy for children with disabilities from birth to age three.
April and Aaron Sweatt had been involved with the Guilds’ School fundraisers for years, but until they had their son, Charlie, they never knew they’d be a part of the school.
Charlie, who will be three in July, has a very rare genetic disorder that gives him sensory issues. He also has apraxia, meaning he is non-verbal. But the teachers and therapists at the Guilds’ School rallied around the Sweatts to lift Charlie up, building on more than just his physical strengths.
“He’s treated with integrity and respect and with that builds confidence,” April Sweatt said. “He’s a different kid. You wouldn’t recognize him today from when we started here.”
The Penny Drive not only raises money for the Guilds’ School to continue providing these services, but it is a year-long awareness program in Spokane area schools.
Volunteers will be collecting change at the following locations on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Washington Trust Bank/Wandermere Rd. at 438 E. Hastings
- Spokane Guilds' School at 2118 W. Garland Ave.
- Country Homes Blvd/Wall at the intersection
- Francis/Nevada at the intersection
- Francis/Ash/Maple at the intersection
- Mission/Hamilton at the intersection
- Monroe/Indiana/Northwest Blvd. at the intersection
- Safeway and Albertsons in Liberty Lake at 1233 N. Liberty Lake Rd.
- Sullivan and Sprague at the Walgreen's parking lot
- 57th and Regal at the intersection
- 29th and Grand at the intersection
- Cheney Masonic Lodge at 106 College Avenue in Cheney
- Deer Park at the Double Eagle Pawn parking lot