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October 24, 2019

Landon Family Presents $25,000 Donation to Clarke in Memory of Daughter Tammy


October 24, 2019

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, the Landon family of West Springfield, MA, presented a $25,000 check to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech for the "I Can Hear You Now" Fund, established in memory of their daughter Tammy Jacobson-Landon.

Tammy, who died of cancer in February 2019, was a treasured member of the Clarke team for close to 10 years, working as a grant writer and director of foundation relations. Less than a year after Tammy’s passing, the family has raised $25,000 to benefit students who are deaf or hard of hearing and learning to listen and talk at Clarke.

The Landon family, including Tammy’s parents Marcia and Bruce, and Tammy's sister and brother-in-law Tracey and Kevin Chrisanthopoulos, visited Clarke’s Northampton, MA campus on Wednesday to deliver the donation, and meet Clarke preschoolers who were eager to have the family participate in their annual pumpkin-rolling contest. The children, all with hearing loss, shared pumpkins with the family and all took turns rolling their pumpkins down the hill behind the school. Tammy’s father Bruce also helped to distribute awards to the children for the pumpkins that rolled the farthest, fastest, slowest, silliest and more.

Thanks to the Landon family’s commitment and generosity, these funds will be used to help more children who are deaf or hard of hearing learn to listen and talk at Clarke.

To see photos from the event, see the Flickr album. And to contribute, go to clarkeschools.org/donate and select the fund from the drop-down menu.

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