It has been a whirlwind month since celebrating our Grand Opening in May! We received our official 501c3 status as a non-profit and have opened our enrollment for 4th through 6th grade for the 2015-2016 school year.
During this process we have had so much great help and support from our community and we would like to share our gratitude with you.
We couldn’t have done all of this on our own and are extremely grateful for the following people:
Dr. Dan Peters and RDS Founder Lisa Reid
Dr. Dan Peters, of course, has been exceptionally kind – talking to our Director Lisa Reid from the moment her vision for RDS first began and then walking through the entire process with her as it came to fruition. His reassurance throughout the course of this year has been more instrumental than we can express.
Tracy Meier is the exceptionally gracious mother of one of our students. She has been on board with our school since its inception and has volunteered countless hours of her time, helping with planning, our open house, and reaching out to families in the area to let them know that we are here. She has also donated numerous learning games and books to the school site and even helped us draw up a rendering for our school’s new addition of a science and project lab!
Her belief in what we are doing here at RDS has made an essential difference over the last several months. She is a tremendously kind and generous person as is the rest of her family.
Other parents—Phil Labonty and his wife Danielle have been very supportive of the efforts of our program. They have volunteered to help out with our grassroots public relations efforts and have been working to get donations for the school, which so far have included a refrigerator and assistance with site improvements. We are grateful for their donations of a television and also two Rosetta Stone programs.
Kimberly Nichols has helped with marketing, outreach strategy, public relations and social media from the ground up. Having her as a sounding board to bounce ideas off of has helped us experience a great beginning for the school.
Charlene Zack is a CPA who worked tirelessly and for a ridiculously low rate to expedite and successfully obtain our 501c3 non-profit status.
Stephanie Davis is an Educational Therapist who has stepped in and has been available and willing to help during our busiest times within the office and also during open house.
Christine Spitzer is a family friend who has been a rock and has provided extensive time, guidance and encouragement from day one.
We also thank all friends and family of RDS and its staff for understanding our sole focus over the past few months and encouraging us to continue believing in this dream.
We are so fortunate to have an established strong, kind and generous foundation of families, professionals and friends here at RDS. They have certainly set the stage for all of the great things that are happening within our program and we are sincerely grateful for their contributions.