SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Guilds’ School raised more than $60,000 during its annual Penny Drive.
School officials said the fundraiser raised $62,000. 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 government funding cuts of more than $500,000 over a span of five years. They added that more than $200,000 of those cuts would affect them during 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.