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Four-year-old Student Donates Lemonade Stand Proceeds to Clarke New York

There aren't many things sweeter in life than a cold glass of lemonade... except perhaps the feeling you get when you give back to others. Angus is only 4, but he can attest to this firsthand.

On a hot day in early May, Angus set up his own lemonade stand with the help of his sister, Charlotte, age three, and brother Cillian, age six, near his home in New York City. The young entrepreneurs made $15 and donated it all to Clarke New York.

“It was Cillian’s idea to run the lemonade stand,” said the trio’s mother, Vanessa. “When we talked about where the money should go from selling the lemonade, Gus decided he wanted to donate the money to Clarke.”

Angus, affectionately known as “Gussie,” has a severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and wears hearing aids to help him access sound and gain spoken language skills. He first began receiving speech services from Clarke in 2008. Today, Gussie attends Clarke New York’s integrated preschool program and will be attending kindergarten at a nearby school in September.

“Clarke New York is amazing – truly fantastic,” said Vanessa. “It is the most nurturing and incredible place. When we found this school for Gussie, we really felt like we had found a gold mine.”

Vanessa isn’t the only member of her family who has high praise for Clarke. According to Gussie, his friends and his teachers are what he likes best about Clarke.

When asked why he wanted to donate the proceeds from the lemonade stand to Clarke School, Gussie said, “I wanted to help the Clarke teachers buy stuff for the school.”


Clarke Schools Represented in Top Marathons

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has been named an officially recognized community charity for the November 6, 2011 ING New York City Marathon. The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the world's great road races, drawing more than 100,000 applicants annually.

The race attracts world-class professional athletes, not only for the more than $600,000 in prize money, but also for the chance to excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and 315 million worldwide television viewers. As any of the more than 700,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime.

Tracy Newman, of Maryland, has secured one of five spots allocated for Clarke runners in the ING New York City marathon. Tracy began running eight years ago and has participated in several half marathons. She recently crossed the finish line of the 2011 Baltimore Marathon.

"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to run in the ING New York City Marathon, but my reasons for running on behalf of Clarke are so much more personal," said Tracy. "My sister, Meredith Berger, is the director of Clarke School – New York. She has dedicated her life to the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing."

According to Tracy, while her training for the marathon has included months of physical and mental preparation, it is the hard work of Clarke's children, families and staff members that is the true accomplishment.

"It's the day-to-day achievements of Clarke children and staff that should be recognized and celebrated," said Tracy. "I hope to raise money and awareness for the great work being done at all five of Clarke's schools."

Tyler Brinkmann of Falmouth, MA recently ran for Team Clarke in the Boston Marathon. Tyler came in at 3:02:5— 4 minutes better than his time at last year's marathon and a personal best. To date, Tyler has raised $1,100 for Clarke. "I can run for miles, but it doesn't compare to the distance Clarke will go for their students," said Tyler.

Runners for Team Clarke will also be crossing the finish line at the Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 14th and the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9th.

For more information about how to participate in these events and others, visit


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Clarke's Spring Fundraising Campaign in Full Bloom

There's Still Time to Make a Difference!

Flowers are in full bloom this season and so is Clarke's "Make a Gift and Watch it Grow" fundraising campaign.

All gifts to Clarke received by June 30th will have double or TRIPLE the impact thanks to a charitable foundation that is providing an unprecedented amount of matching support to our schools.

"My thanks go back to Clarke a million times," said Ketty, a parent of a child attending Clarke New York. "Thank you for transforming my daughter's life into one filled with happiness, wonder, and self-worth!"

New gifts of $25 or more to Clarke are being tripled by the Foundation, and gifts to Clarke from friends who have donated in the past are being doubled! This means that whether you are a new supporter of Clarke, or a long time friend, your gift will have a tremendous impact on our programs and services.

Charitable contributions support 40% of Clarke's operating budget at six locations along the East Coast. Each gift to Clarke ensures that our life-changing work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing remains accessible to all families regardless of their income level.

Gifts to our schools equip classrooms with the latest acoustical treatments and FM systems that provide an optimal learning and listening environment for our young students. In addition to scholarships, donations support the purchase of computers and books, and allow Clarke children to enjoy field trips to the zoo, local museums and more.

Our donors not only support our schools – they support the independent future of our students by helping Clarke Schools lay a solid foundation of listening, speaking, and learning for the children we serve.

To make a difference and to be a part of our students' success, visit to contribute to our "Make a Gift and Watch it Grow" campaign, or call 413.582.1189.

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