SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane Guilds’ School kicks off their annual Penny Drive Saturday, April 26. All of the proceeds from the Penny Drive help ensure the school can provide therapies and services at no cost to the families who need it.
School leaders said they faced cuts in government funding of more than $500,000 in a span of five years. It added more than $200,000 of the money that was cut in one year.
The school provides an early intervention program for infants and toddlers in the Spokane community who were born with a developmental disability. Officials at the Guilds’ School said many children come to them after their insurance has been exhausted and they can no longer afford therapy. They added that 80% of the families served by the school are at or below the poverty level.
There will be 13 donation drop off sites across Spokane County on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The locations include:
- 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