May 21, 2018—Clarke's Listening Walk at the Philadelphia Zoo on May 20 was an exciting day for all! It began with a 5K run, followed by a listening scavenger hunt where children with hearing loss heard their favorite "zoo-tastic" sounds—the Phillie Phanatic, the official mascot...[More]
May 16, 2018—Clarke Mainstream Services is thrilled to announce its keynote lineup for the 39th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss, which will be held on October 18 and 19, 2018. This annual conference is often praised for its outstanding content, which...[More]
May 11, 2018—Are you registered for a Clarke Listening Walk? Thanks to your overwhelming support, Clarke's Listening Walk at the Bronx Zoo reached maximum capacity this week. [More]
May 3, 2018—Congratulations to Sarah Verteramo, Audiology Assistant at Clarke, for acceptance in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Doctor of Audiology program! [More]
February 10, 2011—Talk about going the extra mile. Dan Montero, a Clarke – Jacksonville alumni parent and member of Clarke’s Board of Trustees, ran 26.2 miles - to be exact- to benefit Clarke children.
“I have wanted to run a marathon for some time. I am always thinking of ways to promote Clarke Schools, so I made a few t-shirts with Clarke’s logo, created a Facebook Cause and here we are,” said Montero. The Disney Marathon took place Sunday, January 9th and attracted 53,000 runners from 60 countries.
Through his efforts, Montero raised over $2,000 for Clarke - Jacksonville, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a charitable foundation committed to furthering Clarke’s mission.
Montero’s son, Pierce, age 8, has a profound bilateral hearing loss, and uses bilateral cochlear implants to help him access sound. Pierce has attended Clarke-Jacksonville since 2007, and he is preparing to enroll in his neighborhood school by September.
“I can't find the right words to describe what Clarke has done for our son, Pierce. Just listen to him talk - enough said. Clarke has taught him the fundamentals of speech and language which give him endless opportunities he did not previously have before receiving his cochlear implants and attending the Clarke School,” said Montero.
When asked what he would say to others to encourage them to support Clarke Schools, Montero responded, “I would say nothing. I would let my son do the talking, and then I would remind anyone listening that he is deaf. I would also tell them that it does not come natural or easy. Countless hours of speech and language therapy and oral deaf instruction helped get us here. The talented staff at Clarke have spent numerous hours receiving specialized training in order to serve children like my son. I am grateful to Clarke and to all the wonderful people who support this amazing organization.”