A Publication of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech | January 2021
Onward Together
We welcome the new year with a feeling of gratitude! Clarke students continue to learn to listen and talk, and your role as a member of the Clarke community helps make it possible.
Latest News
  • School During the Pandemic: Clarke families and two professionals share their unique experiences with school during the pandemic in Alexander Graham Bell Association's digital publication Volta Voices.

  • Clarke Alum Published in National Journal: Clarke is pleased to share that a Clarke alum's original poem was published in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability and Literature. Juliet attended Clarke Northampton and is now in 11th grade at a mainstream high school.

  • Clarke Announces New Chief Program Officer (CPO): Clarke is proud to announce Judy Sexton, MS, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, former director of Clarke Philadelphia, as CPO, overseeing programmatic compliance, curriculum development and quality improvement for Clarke's programs and services.

Upcoming Happenings
Clarke is pleased to share these upcoming happenings for students, families, alums and professionals!

Mainstream News Coming Soon!
The Winter issue of Mainstream News, sponsored by Oticon, will be available online in early February 2021, and features helpful articles on preventing and addressing learning regressions, how to conduct a college search during the pandemic, the importance of movement for students, ways to help children stay connected while apart and more. Find past issues here.
Join the Clarke Team!
Do you specialize in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing? We're hiring in multiple locations!
Advancing Clarke
Matching Gift Alert! This year your gift will go even further thanks to a challenge grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.
The Bright Spot: December 2020 Recap
Clarke Alum and Scholarship Recipient Shares Winter Performance
Garrett, a recipient of the Caroline A. Yale Memorial Scholarship, has a passion for music and has been playing the piano for four years. Now a sophomore in high school, he takes honors classes and is an advocate for his peers.
Virtual Holiday Workout Raises Over $22,000 to Benefit Clarke
Thanks to amazing fundraising efforts and philanthropic giving, Siena's Squad raised a goal-shattering $22,000! The virtual workout fundraiser was made possible thanks to the incredible support of the Wasser family, JR Capital, Pilates instructor Mari Rubin and Clarke's village of support.
A Holiday Treat in Support of Clarke
Kilwins Jacksonville and and its generous owners, the Stallings family, donated $2 to Clarke for each box of their hand-paddled fudge purchased in December.

A special thank you to television anchor Eden Kendall and River City Live for sharing the promotion!
Rabbi Elyssa Cherney, mom of Clarke Philadelphia preschooler, Ava, and founder of nonprofit Tackling Torah, hosted a virtual class and taught Clarke preschoolers about Hanukkah.
Clarke Florida had a special visitor "Zoom in" from the North Pole — Santa! Hear preschoolers share their "wish lists" and ask Santa fun questions (guaranteed to make you smile). Thank you WJXT/News4Jax for sharing!

  • Clarke Speaks Magazine: This digital-only 2020-2021 edition is mobile-friendly and features stories of perseverance, connection and giving.

  • Maintaining Language-Rich Environments at Home: We've assembled a list of LSL activities and resources to help maintain fun, language-rich environments at home. Check out #ClarkeLSLTip and #ClarkeAtHome posts on social media to follow along.
Educator and Caregiver Book Recommendations
Parents, caregivers and educators may be looking for books to talk to children about violence and unrest. Find and share suggestions for children of all ages here.
Clarke Voices
Shane learned to listen and talk at Clarke Philadelphia. His mom honored the anniversary of the day her son's hearing technology was activated by noting: "We have celebrated every sound, word and phrase and are thankful every day! This would not be possible if it wasn't for our Children's Hospital of Philadelphia team, and of course our #ClarkeVillage."
We close each issue of Clarke Connection with a special quote from a member of the Clarke community. To become the next featured Clarke Voice, send your quote to communications@clarkeschools.org 
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As an IRS qualified charity, gifts to Clarke are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Work. Our Reach. Your Role: New and increased donations will go even further thanks to a partial matching grant from a generous funder.

Since 1867, Clarke has provided children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the education needed to succeed in a hearing world. Clarke has evolved to best meet the needs of children and families today though our infant-toddler, virtual tVISIT, preschool, K-8, mainstream and summer programs, as well as through our hearing center, comprehensive educational evaluations and research and professional development.

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