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Victory Ridge Academy Receives Grantfrom George W. Jenkins Fund within GiveWell Community Foundation

Lake Wales, Florida – On June 5, 2023, Victory Ridge Academy(VRA) was awarded a grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. All funding received from this award will go towards supporting VRA’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program.

At Victory Ridge, 60% of students are nonverbal and require augmentative and alternative forms of communication. Through this unique program, students will be provided with iPads and speech-language applications to aid them in communicating with their teachers, therapists and peers. 

“Our students will benefit tremendously from the interaction and inclusion these applications will provide them through daily use,” said Dr. Erika Timpe, Victory Ridge’s Director of Therapy Services.

Both staff and students at Victory Ridge Academy would like to thank the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation for their generous donation and continued support over the years!

GiveWell Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity serving Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties in Central Florida. The Community Foundation holds more than 380 charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations and serves a wide variety of charitable services. For 25 years, GiveWell Community Foundation and its fund holders have been investing in the future of our communities through impactful, philanthropic giving.

Victory Ridge Academy is a Title 1, 501 (c) (3) non-profit public charter school that exclusively serves children and adolescents with special needs. Victory Ridge Academy is based on the belief of the administration, staff and Board of Trustees that early intervention is crucial to helping children and young adults with special needs to cultivate healthy lifestyles and grow into well-adjusted persons. It is the school’s belief that students need a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment to develop communication skills, social skills, academic and technical skills in order to build their self-confidence and become productive members of society.

For more information about Victory Ridge Academy, please visit the Academy’s website at www.victoryridge.org.

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