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March 2, 2017

Clarke Jacksonville Featured on Florida's First Coast News and News4 Jacksonville


March 2, 2017—Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Jacksonville, FL was featured today on Florida’s First Coast News. News anchor Lewis Turner visited the school with his crew to film a story about the work Clarke Jacksonville does teaching children with hearing loss how to listen and talk. Turner astutely notes that while heartwarming videos of cochlear implant activations often go viral, the story does not end there. In order for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk—just like their peers with typical hearing—they need the kind of specialized therapy and education that Clarke’s teams of teachers of the deaf, audiologists and speech-language pathologists provide.

Highlighted in the news piece is Clarke alum Beckett Tweet, who came back from his mainstream kindergarten to visit his former Jacksonville preschool classroom. Dressed up for the occasion, Beckett reads a story to the preschoolers and then emcees their practice for the Kiddie Dash taking place this Saturday, March 4, at the 5th annual Kilwins Ice Cream Run.

News4 Jacksonville also did a piece featuring Clarke where they interviewed Clarke alumni parent and Kilwins Ice Cream owner Dana Stallings, and Clarke alum Megan Harvey about the Kilwins road race and the impact of Clarke's work. Both Dana and Megan provided wonderful examples of Clarke success stories:




The Kilwins Ice Cream Run—a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk—takes place each year in St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL to raise awareness and funds for Clarke Jacksonville. A highlight of this family-friendly event is the Kiddie Dash, in which 30 Clarke preschoolers run a 100-yard dash after all the 5K runners cross the finish line. To learn more about the event go to: crowdrise.com/KilwinsIceCreamRun2017.